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Henri Brooks sentenced to 2 years suspended sentence, 2 years probation

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Former Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks was sentenced to a two year suspended sentence, two years probation, and she must undergo treatment for mental health. The sentence was handed down for a felony charge of falsifying documents. 

In February, Brooks entered an Alford plea after the home address she used for her commission seat came into question.

The Alford plea means Brooks is claiming innocence, but acknowledging that prosecutors have enough evidence to prove her guilt.

Last June, Commissioner Terry Roland accused Brooks of living in Cordova, outside of District 2 where she was elected.

The county attorney investigated and found Brooks did not live at 1867 Crump Avenue, as her election documents indicated, so she would have to step down from her commission seat.

The 66-year-old sued and won, but Tennessee Bureau of Investigation stepped in to investigate her Shelby County Commission address and the address she once used to run for Juvenile Court clerk last August.

The TBI had no comment on the case, but Brooks was eventually charged for the address she used in Juvenile Court clerk run.

During the tensions, Brooks stopped attending commission meetings until her 8-year-term ended last August.

Brooks' fall from grace began last May after she said in a Commission meeting that the civil rights plight of Hispanics could never compare to that of African-Americans because African-Americans were forced into slavery and Hispanics came to the country willingly.

The comments came during discussion over a $1.7 million roofing contract with B Four Plied, Incorporated while Brooks questioned why the Shelby County government contractor was satisfying its minority employee requirements with Hispanics in a predominantly African-American city.

Later in the meeting, former Commissioner Chris Thomas said Brooks was out of line for referring to him as, “You, with the sheet on.”

Thomas said it appeared she was calling him a racist Ku Klux Klan member, but Brooks later said she meant he was “covering” for the contractors.

Just one month later, Brooks faced a simple assault charge in another incident.

Liese Nichols claimed Brooks attacked her during an argument over a parking spot at Brooks' place of employment.

Brooks took an anger management course and her charge was dismissed, but Brooks was let go from her job at Methodist Hospital.

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