Jane Orie has been sentenced to at least 2 and a half years in prison, with a maximum of 10 years. The former state Senator was convicted in March on 14 of 24 charges related to illegal campaign activity, misuse of taxpayer resources and forgery.
Reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
She was immediately taken into custody after the sentencing hearing today in Downtown Pittsburgh.
She made no statements. She had tears in her eyes as she was led away. [Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey] Manning called her actions a “flagrant and disgraceful violation” of the lawyers’ oath.
Restitution will be decided within 30 days based on legal briefs not yet submitted.
The statutory maximum penalty on the five felony counts is 3 1/2 to seven years in prison. Someone sentenced to less than two years’ incarceration can serve that time in the county jail. Anything longer calls for the sentence to be served in state prison.
Orie had already resigned from the PA Senate; a special election to fill the remainder of her term is set for August 7. Former U.S. Rep. and Orie political rival Melissa Hart is the front runner for the GOP nomination and the seat.
Her sister, PA Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin, faces similar charges.