Maryland Prosecutors Recommend No Jail Time for John Leopold

8:22 PM, Mar 11, 2013   |    comments
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland prosecutors are recommending no jail time for former Anne Arundel County executive John Leopold.

Leopold was convicted of two counts of misconduct in office for forcing his staff to do campaign work and perform personal errands like emptying his catheter bag. He resigned following his conviction in late January and will be sentenced Thursday.

WJZ-TV reports that prosecutors have recommended a suspended one-year sentence, a $100,000 fine, 5 years of probation and 500 hours of community service.

The state prosecutor wrote in a sentencing memo that Leopold's conduct merits incarceration, but he didn't recommend it, citing the 70-year-old's age and health issues.

Leopold's attorneys wrote in their memo that his actions were "misguided." They say his decision to resign demonstrated remorse.

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