NEW INFORMATION: Wis. gov.'s ex-aide is fined but avoids jail time

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A former aide to Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker has been sentenced to a year of probation after she was convicted of doing campaign work on county time.

Darlene J. Wink was also ordered Thursday to pay a fine and courts costs of $2,000. She pleaded guilty last year to two misdemeanor counts of political solicitation by a public employee.

Wink worked for Walker when he was the Milwaukee County executive.

She faced up to one year in prison and a $2,000 fine. However, prosecutors agreed not to recommend prison because the 62-year-old had a clean record and she cooperated with the prosecution of other cases.

Before sentencing, Wink offered a tearful apology and said she recognizes what she did was wrong.

Walker has not been charged with wrongdoing.
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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A former aide to Gov. Scott Walker is due to be sentenced on charges that she did campaign work on county time.

Darlene J. Wink faces a sentencing hearing Thursday afternoon. She pleaded guilty last year to two misdemeanor charges of political solicitation by a public employee.

The charges carry a maximum combined penalty of one year in prison and a $2,000 fine. However, as part of a plea agreement prosecutors have agreed to recommend probation and restitution but no jail time.

Assistant district attorney Bruce Landgraf notes that Wink has a clean criminal record, and she also cooperated with the prosecution of other cases.

A message left with her defense attorney was not immediately returned.

Wink used to work for Walker when he was the Milwaukee County executive.


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