Leopold sentenced, immediately taken to jail

ANNAPOLIS, Md - Former Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold was sentenced on two counts of misconduct in office Thursday.

In a sentencing memo earlier this week, the state prosecutor did not recommend jail time for the 70-year-old because of his age and health issues. Attorneys also asked for 5 years probation, 500 hours of community service and a $100,000 fine.

The sentence handed by Judge Dennis Sweeney met some of those requests, but Leopold will spend time behind bars -- 30 days of jail time were to begin immediately.

In addition, Leopold will pay a $100,000 fine and is expected to complete 400 hours of community service and be on house arrest for 30 days.

Leopold was convicted of two counts of misconduct in office in January for using staffers and his taxpayer funded police detail to do campaign work and run errands like change his catheter bag, which he needed after several back surgeries.

The former county executive resigned shortly after he was convicted.

• 2007
Plaintiff in Leopold case Karla Hamner says that Leopold discriminated against her (more)

• May 2009
Maryland state worker says Leopold made unwanted advance toward her in the county cafeteria (more)

• March 3, 2011
A donor to Leopold's campaign says executive is under investigation (more)

• April 2, 2011
Grand jury questions Leopold's secretary about whether Leopold misused government resources (more)

• April 9, 2011
Documents show that Leopold used officers to run his errands

• March 2012
Former Leopold employee Joan Harris filed complaint against Leopold with Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, then filed a lawsuit in March 2012 (more)

• March 26, 2012
Anne Arundel County Police Chief James Teare appears in front of County Council, declines to ask questions about Leopold. (more)

• September 5, 2012
Another of "Leopold's Angels" speaks out and says she was fired unfairly in November 2010. (more)

• October 10, 2012
Two depositions made legal in Leopold case (more)

• October 17, 2012
Leopold agrees to reimburse county nearly $21,000 for legal fees (more)

• January 16, 2012
Trial begins (more)

• January 29, 2012
Leopold found guilty on two counts of misconduct in office

• January 31, 2012
Anne Arundel County introduces a bill to vote Leopold out of office (more)

• February 1, 2012
Leopold resigns position as Anne Arundel County Executive (more)

• March 5, 2012
New Anne Arundel exec discovers elaborate camera system (more)

• March 14, 2012
Leopold sentenced in Court (more)

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