Former Lexington Rep. Rick Quinn was sentenced in Circuit Court Monday morning.
Judge Carmen Mullen sentenced Quinn to two years of probation, a $1,000 fine and 500 hours of community service. A one year jail sentence was suspended.
Quinn pleaded guilty to misconduct in office in December. Mullen delayed sentencing then.
The guilty plea was associated with Quinn's failure to report USC as a client with his father's company Richard Quinn and Associates.
"He allowed me to plead to something I did, which was not report income that was paid to my father's business, not mine. Just the name of the business, but I embrace that mistake," says Quinn.
However, he says he does believe First Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe has been on a political witch hunt from the start.
"I was investigated and prosecuted by a political adversary," says Quinn. "I've told many of you on different occasions, that he twice ran against Mr. Wilson, Alan Wilson, who was one of my father's clients and one of my clients. He had a campaign account. He shouldn't have been allowed to prosecute or investigate me, but the system and the law allows that. The danger in that is it becomes more important to get your enemy than to really embrace justice."
Quinn was the third Republican lawmaker to plead guilty in the investigation.
While Quinn faced up to one year in prison, his lawyers had said he should avoid any jail time, in part because prosecutor David Pascoe has not sought tough sentences in a number of other cases.
Pascoe doesn't believe the sentencing was harsh enough.
"I'm not going to criticize the probation, I don't agree with it, that was in her discretion," says Pascoe. "One might think well at least we got one more legislature out of there who had his own self interest as opposed to the people's interest out of the legislature, so that's a good thing."
Pascoe says that the way Quinn pleaded guilty was not correct and wanted to object to the plea during the sentencing hearing today, but Judge Mullen did not allow Pascoe to object.
"The defendant never admitted to committing the crime against office," says Pascoe.
He says in his 25 years, he's never been told that couldn't state his objections on the record. He says he will raise those objectives in a motion later in the week.
The other two former lawmakers who already pleaded guilty, Bobby Harrell and Jim Merrill, also received probationary sentences.