Thompson sentenced to six months in prison - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Janice Broach

Thompson sentenced to six months in prison

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Former Shelby County Commissioner Bruce Thompson has been sentenced to six months in prison in his federal corruption case. Thompson also received two years probation and will pay a $10,000 fine.

"For two years it's been up in the air, not knowing what to expect. So the best part of today is that his fate is sealed and he knows he has a six month sentence to serve," said Leslie Balin, Thompson's attorney. 

Thompson pleaded guilty last February to one count of mail fraud in connection to his efforts in 2004 to help a Jackson, Tennessee construction company win a $46 million contract to build three Memphis City schools. He was a commissioner at the time.

The judge said this case is unlike other federal corruption cases because, while Thompson made a serious mistake, the crime didn't involve much planning and Thompson is an admirable person, overall.

Thompson told the judge that he's embarrassed and ashamed, saying his mistake has cost him his marriage, reputation and savings.

"I accept my responsibility. I never expected to be in federal court waiting for sentencing. I've never broken the law in 40-plus years," he said. "My reputation has taken a beating. I've spent years building an credible reputation that has been trashed."

Thompson hopes to serve his time close to Memphis.    

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