ORLANDO, Fla. — The former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida was sentenced Wednesday to one-and-a-half years in prison for stealing $125,000 in party funds, marking the fall of a man who once was one of the most powerful political figures in the state.
Jim Greer, 50, was sentenced in an Orlando courtroom, more than a month after he pleaded guilty to four counts of theft and a single count of money laundering. The guilty pleas in February ended Greer’s trial before it started.
Circuit Judge Marc Lubet handed down a sentence Wednesday that was less severe than the three-and-a-half years in prison requested by prosecutors. Lubet explained that he went with a more lenient sentence because Greer had already paid $65,000 in restitution to the Republican Party of Florida and because Greer’s former right-hand man, Delmar Johnson, had committed the same crimes but hadn’t been charged.
Johnson had been scheduled to be prosecutors’ star witness and was granted immunity in exchange for his testimony. He didn’t return a phone call seeking comment on Wednesday.
“I feel that this crime deserves prison,” Lubet told Greer. “You egregiously violated a position of trust.”
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