Former Walker aide sentenced
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Milwaukee judge sentenced one of Gov. Scott Walker’s former top aides to six months in jail and three years of probation Monday for doing campaign work on the taxpayers’ time.
Prosecutors accused 44-year-old Kelly Rindfleisch of working on Republican Brett Davis’ campaign for lieutenant governor in 2010 on county time while she served as Walker’s deputy chief of staff during his tenure as Milwaukee County executive.
Rindfleisch pleaded guilty last month to one felony count of misconduct in office in a deal with prosecutors. She faces up to three-and-a-half years in prison and $10,000 in fines, but prosecutors recommended probation with jail time and promised to not seek restitution in exchange for her plea.
Rindfleisch asked the judge for probation and community service, saying that taxpayers were her first priority.
Judge David Hansher refused, saying her offense was serious and "she clearly knew what she was doing was illegal and wrong."
Hansher stayed the sentence pending appeal.
Rindfleisch is one of six people charged in a secret investigation Milwaukee prosecutors launched into Walker’s office. Walker himself hasn’t been charged with any wrongdoing.