Former Northeast Florida Democratic Congresswoman Corrine Brown will present witnesses Thursday to show a judge why she should get probation for her 18 federal fraud-related convictions. Her co-defendants- her former Chief of Staff Ronnie Simmons and the President of the sham charity they used for the fraud Carla Wiley- present their cases Wednesday, also hoping to avoid jail time.
But none of them will know until December how much time they will serve.
US District Judge Timothy Corrigan has issued a order telling the parties involved that the court will consider everything presented during the hearings Wednesday and Thursday, and will reconvene Monday, December 4th, for the actual pronouncement of sentence. There is no further explanation for the order.
Wiley is asking for probation or a short period of home detention. Working off her Probation Officer’s report, prosecutors are recommending anywhere between 1 year 9 months and 2 years 3 months. Simmons’ defense is moving for an alternative sentence including home detention, while the government recommends between 2 years 9 months and 3 years 5 months. Both Simmons and Wiley testified against Brown at her trial after pleading guilty themselves, and prosecutors recommended they face lighter sentences because of their cooperation.
The government has not put a specific number on what their recommendation for Brown’s sentence will be, but their sentencing memo detailed many enhancements they’re recommending as part of her sentencing. A prior motion from the defense says Brown has been recommended for a “significant” amount of time.
WOKV will be in the courtroom for this week’s sentencing hearings.