A former Democratic state senator has been found guilty for her role in a bribery scheme and received a one-year suspended sentence.
Former state Sen. Debbe Leftwich on Thursday waived her right to a jury trial and was found guilty by District Judge Cindy Truong of accepting a thing of value to withdraw as a candidate for office.
As part of a deal with prosecutors, Leftwich will be allowed to appeal her felony conviction based on the defense theory that she was technically not a candidate for office.
Prosecutors said Leftwich worked with former Republican state Rep. Randy Terrill of Moore to secure a state job for her in exchange for her promise not to run for re-election.
A jury convicted Terrill in October and recommended a one-year prison term.
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