Tracie Hunter, the Hamilton County Juvenile Court judge convicted of interfering in the firing of her brother, a Juvenile Court employee, was sentenced Friday to six months in the Hamilton County Justice Center.
In addition, Common Pleas Court Judge Norbert Nadel ordered Hunter to be placed on probation for one year and allowed her to report Dec. 29 to begin serving her jail term.
“To God be the glory,” Hunter said as she left court. “You have now convicted an innocent person.”
Hunter was convicted of having an unlawful interest in a public contract, interfering with her brother’s firing by giving him documents of medical and mental evaluations of the teen inmate Stephen Hunter punched.
Friday’s sentence was in the middle of the range for Hunter. Nadel could have placed her on probation or sent her to a state prison for up to 1 1/2 years.
Nadel also allowed Hunter’s attorney to seek to petition the court to stay execution of the sentence, asking that Nadel not send Hunter to jail until after she appeals her conviction and sentence. Nadel will consider that next week.
Bennett also said he expects Hunter to face a retrial on the other eight felonies against her. Those charges, which carry a maximum prison sentence of 11 years, were declared a mistrial when jurors couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict.
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SOURCE: USA Today
Kimball Perry, The Cincinnati Enquirer