Former Ala. legislator to be sentenced Wednesday

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - Former state Rep. Sue Schmitz is set to be sentenced in Decatur for her conviction on federal fraud charges.

Federal prosecutors have asked U.S. District Judge David Proctor to sentence Schmitz to three years and 10 months in prison, order her to pay more than $177,000 in restitution and order her to forfeit property equal to that amount.

Her attorneys have asked that she be allowed to serve any sentence on probation, home confinement or by doing community service.

Proctor is scheduled to sentence the 64-year-old Schmitz on Wednesday at the federal courthouse in Decatur.

Schmitz was accused of using her political connections to obtain a job with Alabama's two-year college system and then rarely showing up for work.

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