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Convicted former GOP congressman says he’s too old for prison

Republican Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska resigned his seat after he was convicted for trying to conceal the source of $30,000 in illegal, foreign campaign contributions and two counts of lying to federal agents. now he’s arguing he should not serve any time in jail for his offenses.

“Former Nebraska Rep. Jeff Fortenberry should not go to prison because he’s old (over 60), has no money (used his campaign funds and dipped into a line of credit to fund his defense team) and ‘lost his job, his reputation and many friends,’ his attorneys say,” The North Platte Telegraph reported Wednesday. “Further, Fortenberry’s defense team wrote Tuesday, his wife and five daughters desperately need him to stay out of prison.”

Republican Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska was convicted for trying to conceal the source of $30,000 in illegal, foreign campaign contributions and two counts of lying to federal agents.

“We have mortgaged our home and personally borrowed and spent extraordinary sums of money to pay legal bills; and bills are still coming in,” Fortenberry’s wife, Celeste, wrote in her letter to the judge.

“Among the 64 people who submitted letters on his behalf: three current or former members of Congress (none from Nebraska); Nebraska Lt. Gov. Mike Foley; Norfolk Mayor Josh Moenning; and Bishop James Conley of Lincoln’s archdiocese,” the newspaper reported. “Prosecutors disagree with the probation recommendation. The federal anti-corruption team, led by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mack Jenkins, asked Blumenfeld to sentence Fortenberry to six months in prison, followed by two years of supervised release, and 150 hours of community service. Pointedly, prosecutors also asked the judge to fine Fortenberry $30,000.”

a jury found that Fortenberry lied to the FBI and attempted to conceal that his campaign had received $30,000 in dirty campaign donations.

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