Michael Hooks, Jr. sentenced in federal court - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Michael Hooks, Jr. sentenced in federal court

Former Memphis City School Board member Michael Hooks, Jr. was sentenced in federal court Wednesday for accepting money from a government informant.

He plead guilty and admitted to taking 3,000 dollars for juvenile court consulting work. Federal prosecutors said Hooks filed false invoices to cover up the work, which he never performed.

"I am taking full responsibility for my actions. I have no one to blame but myself," said Hooks as he stood before a federal judge.

A crowd of more that 35 people showed up in federal court to support Hooks at his sentencing. Supporters included his stepmother Janet Hooks, his uncle, civil rights leader Benjamin Hooks, and Ruby Wharton, wife of Shelby County Mayor A.C.Wharton.

Neither prosecutors nor Hooks would comment after the sentencing.

Hooks will serve 30 days in prison, four months of home confinement, and two years of supervised release.

Michael Hooks had no prior criminal record.

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