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Steve Stenger sentenced to 46 months in prison

In May he pled guilty to three counts of honest services mail fraud for orchestrating a pay-to-play scheme. 

August 09, 2019 - 3:15 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KFTK) — For the first time since May, when he pleaded guilty to steering taxpayer-funded contracts to campaign donors, former County Executive Steve Stenger faced the public today for his sentencing before a federal judge.

Judge Catherine Perry sentenced Stenger to 46 months, which he must begin no later than Sept. 21. He will have three years on probation afterward.

Stenger resigned from his position in May, before pleading guilty to three counts of honest services mail fraud for orchestrating a pay-to-play scheme. 

His wife is expected to give birth to their third child next month. She was not seen in the packed courtroom today.

Related: LISTEN: Mark Cox and Tony Colombo discuss Stenger's resignation and indictment

The judge also decided Stenger should repay the county $250,000. Stenger has already pre-paid $130,000. 

His attorneys said Stenger is "very remorseful" for what he's done, that he has lost sleep and lost weight. 

"Steve Stenger abused his power as an elected official to benefit himself," Special Agent in Charge Richard Quinn of the FBI St. Louis Division said in a statement. "Had the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office not stopped Stenger from misusing taxpayer dollars for his personal gain, he would have continued to run St. Louis County into the ground. He will now have years in federal prison to reflect on the cost of his greed.”

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