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Judge sentences Mary McCarty

By Al Pefley - email

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Disgraced former Palm Beach County Commission Mary McCarty learns her fate.

Update: THU 11:30 AM: McCarty just received three and a half years in federal prison for corruption charges. McCarty is also ordered to pay a $100,000 fine. She was immediately taken into custody.

In March, she pleaded guilty to honest services fraud, for steering lucrative county bond deals to her husband's firm, and for accepting free hotel stays from a developer that hoped to do business with the county.

Federal Judge Donald Middlebrooks, has gotten at least two-dozen letters from the public. Most want him to slap McCarty with the toughest possible prison sentence.

Of the 24 letters sent to the judge, only four asked that McCarty be shown some leniency.

McCarty is now being taking into custody as a judge sentences her to serve three and a half years. She's also been fined with $100,000.

Previously: Disgraced former Palm Beach County Commissioner Mary McCarty is just hours away from learning her fate.

She is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday in West Palm Beach in federal court on corruption charges.

What sentence will the judge give her? One things for sure, he's getting plenty of letters about it.

Mary McCarty's misdeeds have not gone unnoticed.

In March, she pleaded guilty to honest services fraud, for steering lucrative county bond deals to her husband's firm, and for accepting free hotel stays from a developer that hoped to do business with the county.

The judge who will sentence her, Federal Judge Donald Middlebrooks, has gotten at least two-dozen letters from the public. Most want him to slap McCarty with the toughest possible prison sentence.

One homeowner from Delray Beach writes: "She went from bar maid to millionaire by feeding at the public trough. Public officials must be...punished severely when they dishonor their positions...."

A person who says he's known McCarty for 15 years writes: "Politicians like McCarty should be made an example of. I hope you don't let her off easy."

A woman who says she's been going to county commission meetings every month for more than five years wrote: "McCarty's more dangerous than Masilotti or Newell. Give her no slack. The full five years!"

A woman who says she's been going to commission meetings since 1989 and observed McCarty for years calls her: "a self-serving dictator" who should get  "...the fullest punishment provided by law."

Another writes: "She should be shown no special consideration. Throw the book at her!"

But some,  like a lawyer who says he had numerous dealings with her and other county commissioners,  writes: "McCarty has suffered tremendously already...financially and emotionally and reputationally.   I would suggest that no reason exists for a lengthy jail sentence...."

And one letter writer, a woman who says she served on an advisory committee with McCarty writes: "Our county is a better place to live because of Mary McCarty. Please consider all her contributions, dedication and tireless energy when making your decision about her future."

Out of the 24 letters sent to the judge, only four asked that McCarty be shown some leniency.

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