Lawyer For Ex-Treasurer Martha Shoffner Challenges Possible Sentence

May 1, 2015

An attorney for former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner is objecting to a presentencing report that suggests she spend at least 15 years in prison for bribery and extortion convictions.

Attorney Chuck Banks filed an objection Friday to the report in U.S. District Court. Banks says a more appropriate sentence would be about 12 to 18 months, with half served in home detention.

Shoffner was convicted last year on 14 bribery and extortion charges. Prosecutors say she illegally steered state business to a bond broker who gave her cash.

The U.S. Probation Office recommendation, which was not available online, uses the $2.4 million in commissions the broker received from the deal to advocate for a sentence between 15 and almost 20 years.

Banks objected, saying Shoffner did not receive those funds.