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Judge sentences ex-Walker aide Russell to two years prison for embezzlement

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Gavel & Stryker, made from Cherry & Ash, sold to Whitney Hoffman. By KeithBurtis (Flickr: Gavel & Stryker) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Gavel & Stryker, made from Cherry & Ash, sold to Whitney Hoffman. By KeithBurtis (Flickr: Gavel & Stryker) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A judge said a former Walker aide showed no regret, remorse, repentance, or even shame for being caught embezzling $21,000.

Those were the words of Milwaukee County Circuit Judge David Hansher, as he sent Tim Russell to two years in prison Tuesday for stealing money that was intended for Wisconsin veterans.

The 49-year-old Russell served as Governor Scott Walker’s chief of staff when Walker was the Milwaukee County executive.

Russell apologized for taking money from a group that put on Walker’s annual fundraising picnic for veterans at the County Zoo.

Judge Hansher said he found Russell’s apology insincere. Russell’s lawyer tried to get client to escape prison. The defense wanted 3 years of probation, saying Russell did not have a criminal record until now.

He pleaded guilty in November to an embezzlement charge, and 3 other counts were dropped in a plea bargain.

Russell was the 5th former Walker aide or associate to be convicted in a long-running John Doe probe into Walker’s former Milwaukee County assistants. 

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