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Jim Greer will be sentenced Wednesday



Former Republican Party of Florida chairman Jim Greer will be sentenced Wednesday in Orlando after pleading guilty last month to theft and money laundering charges that could put him behind bars for more than three years.

Greer is scheduled to be sentenced at 1:30 p.m.

The sentencing will bring an end to a long chapter in Florida Republican politics. For three years Greer and his attorney threatened to expose wrongdoing at the party and personally embarrass former Gov. Charlie Crist. Greer's Feb. 11 guilty plea came the day a two-week trial was to begin promising testimony from Crist and a who's who of Republican politicians.

At the time, Greer's lawyer, Damon Chase, said "sometimes clearing your name is not as important as taking care of your family." Greer, 50, has a baby born about five months ago, two other young children and a teenager.

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 10:56am]


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