|Published:||Jan 13, 2014 12:38 PM EST|
|Updated:||Jan 13, 2014 6:13 PM EST|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - A federal judge has sentenced former Lee County commissioner Tammy Hall to six months in prison. Last year, Hall pleaded guilty to spending $34,000 in campaign money for her personal use.
"I just want to thank the court for their consideration and i want to apologize to the citizens of lee county. i'm going to take this time to reflect and hopefully be back and do good things for the community."
A promise to Southwest Florida, from former Lee County commissioner Tammy Hall.
Her first and last words to WINK News, after a judge sentenced her to six months behind bars.
Hall had plenty more to say inside the courtroom.
She told the judge quote "I want to apologize to those who trusted me."
Hall proceeded to tell the judge that "my personal life overwhelmed me, and instead of asking for help, I made poor decisions."
Her attorney said they will not make an appeal.
"Satisfied that she took into account her extraordinary life, extraordinary achievements and the crime itself. it is a just sentence," said Eric Pedron.
Hall will have to turn herself in by February 14th.
She will also have to pay supporters back the money she used.
Hall's attorney says they already have the money.
And as a condition of her sentence, Hall can not run for public office again, her political career is over.
A federal judge has sentenced former Lee County commissioner Tammy Hall to six months in prison. Last year, Hall pleaded guilty to spending $34,000 in campaign money for her personal use.
Hall will have to pay supporters back the money she used.
Hall's attorney had asked if she could receive house monitoring or probation instead of prison time. The court reportedly received 50 letters of support for leniency on Hall, but during Monday morning's court sentencing, no one spoke.
Following the sentencing Hall gave WINK News the following statement:
"I just want to thank the court for their consideration and I want to apologize to the citizens of Lee county. I'm going to take this time to reflect and hopefully be back and do good things for the community."
Hall must report to authorities by February 14. As part of her sentence, she cannot run for public office again and must complete 250 hours of community service.
She will have to pay a fine of between $6,000 and $60,000 to be determined at later date. A restitution hearing will be held on March 14.
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