A woman who claimed she provided prostitutes to former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer has recently been convicted in a prescription drug sales case and sentenced to two years in jail. Although the woman’s claims of providing prostitutes to Spitzer were never substantiated, she was convicted of promoting prostitution in 2008 and served a four-month jail sentence. Meanwhile, Eliot Spitzer resigned from office in the same year when it was identified that he made use of another prostitution service.
Woman Pleaded with Court During Sentencing
The 39-year-old woman was sentenced in the prescription drug sales case on Wednesday. During her sentencing hearing, she tearfully apologized to everyone in the courtroom. She said that she had only recently turned her life around and that if she were sent to jail she would lose her apartment and possibly her cosmetology license. Nevertheless, the U.S. District Judge who decided the case referenced the woman's previous conviction. He said that she began to break the law as soon as she finished her probation.
In addition to the woman’s illicit activity and criminal convictions, she also ran for public office on several occasions. In 2010, she ran for governor of New York as a member of the Anti-Prohibition Party -- a party that she created to tax and legalize marijuana and decriminalize prostitution. She also ran against Eliot Spitzer in the comptroller race last year.
Caught by an FBI Informant
The woman's arrest in this case happened in August 2013, after she sold muscle relaxants, anti-anxiety drugs and sleeping pills illegally to an undercover FBI informant. Later, she pleaded guilty to the crimes.
Sentencing guidelines dictate that the woman should spend three to five years in jail; however, through her criminal defense proceedings, she was able to get a reduced sentence of just two years. It is not uncommon for individuals to obtain a reduced sentence in cases like this if they are able show in court that their allegedly criminal behavior was not severe enough to warrant maximum punishment and especially if they agree to plead guilty to the crimes, as the woman did in this case.
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