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Ex-Walker aide Tim Russell to be sentenced Tuesday for embezzlement


MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A former top aide to Governor Scott Walker will be sentenced Tuesday morning, after he stole over $20,000 while Walker was the Milwaukee County executive.

49-year-old Tim Russell admitted taking money from the Heritage Guard Preservation Society, which put on an annual program at the county zoo for Wisconsin veterans.

Russell pleaded guilty in November to an embezzlement charge. Two theft counts and a misconduct charge were dropped in a plea deal.

Prosecutor Bruce Landgraf has recommended two years in prison, while defense lawyer Parker Mathers will seek no prison time and 3 years of probation.

In a pre-sentence report, Landgraf accused Russell of trying to use excuses to have the judge go easy on him. Landgraf said Russell wrongly claimed that the embezzled money was a salary to himself. The prosecutor also said Russell now claims to be the only caretaker for his 94-year-old grandmother – but that never came up during the two-year-old John Doe investigation into Walker’s former Milwaukee County aides.

Mathers said the prosecutor misinterpreted Russell’s remarks. He said Russell never claimed to be his grandmother’s sole caretaker – and he’s not trying to reverse his guilty plea for the embezzlement.