Judge Sentences Kott, Kohring

Two former state lawmakers were sentenced to time served at a federal courthouse in Anchorage on Friday. U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline accepted plea deals for former state House Speaker Pete Kott and former lawmaker Vic Kohring. Kott is required to pay a $10,000 fine and serve three years supervised release following a guilty plea in a corruption case.  Kohring was sentenced to one year supervised release. Prosecutors didn’t seek a fine in his case, saying Kohring didn’t have the financial resources to pay one.

The charges Koth and Kohring were accused of stemmed from maneuverings surrounding a 2006 oil tax vote in the state Legislature.  Both men served partial sentences following previous convictions but an appeals court tossed the cases earlier this year, finding prosecutorial errors.

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