Former state Rep. Sue Schmitz sentenced

Former state Representative Sue Schmitz has been sentenced to two and a-half years in federal prison for her fraud conviction.

U.S. District Judge David Proctor sentenced Schmitz in Decatur shortly after she took the witness stand Wednesday and pleaded for mercy.

Schmitz is a Democrat from the Huntsville suburb of Toney. A former teacher at Sparkman High School, she was charged with using her influence as a legislator to get a job in the two-year college system and then rarely showing up for work.

The judge also ordered the 64-year-old Schmitz to pay more than $177,000 in restitution and serve 360 hours community service. She was ordered to begin her sentence on Sept. 30. Proctor did not say where she would serve her sentence.

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