Corrine Brown to have her sentencing hearing today

Corrine Brown to have her sentencing hearing today

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It's been six months since a jury convicted Corrine Brown on 18 counts of federal fraud charges. 

On Thursday, the former congresswoman returns to the courthouse for a sentencing hearing. Attorney James Smith told First Coast News Brown will make a statement to the court during her sentencing hearing.  

Brown's attorney is hoping the judge will hand down probation time and not prison time. Judge Tim Corrigan accepted the prosecution's recommendation for a reduced prison time range of 21-27 months for Wily and 33-41 months for Simmons the day before Brown's hearing. 

But on Wednesday we heard from prosecutors that Brown is expected to receive the longest sentence out of the three involved. The judge will hand down the sentence next month. 

Corrine Brown, cohorts final sentencing pushed back to December

Brown, 70, was convicted in May on 18 counts of federal fraud and corruption charges and her sentencing is scheduled for Thursday morning.

The Sentencing Memorandum states Brown deceived donors and frequently had money deposited into her bank accounts. But that’s not all.

Prosecutors: Corrine Brown deserves ‘significant punishment' in her sentencing

She also lied on her tax returns about donations to Edward Waters College, and inflated her tithes to Bethel Baptist Church and New Destiny Christian Center, while blaming others for her indiscretions, the documents said.

“This longstanding criminal conduct and willingness to shift blame underscores why significant punishment is required in this case,” the document said.

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