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1070879 2999-04-26 00:00:00.0 UTC 2999-04-25T20:00:00.000-04:00 2010-02-05 02:33:11.0 UTC 2010-02-04T21:33:11.000-05:00 disgraced-panhandle-sheriff-could-face-60-more-years-in-prison Published 2010-02-05 02:33:12.0 UTC 2010-02-04T21:33:12.000-05:00 incoming DTI 59495711 PENSACOLA Ex-sheriff could face 60 more years Former Okaloosa County Sheriff Charlie Morris pleaded no contest to state racketeering and money laundering charges Tuesday, a move that could add up to 60 years in state prison to the federal term he is serving. Sabra Thornton, a woman prosecutors have described as Morris' mistress, was found guilty Tuesday of grand theft and could face up to 61 years in prison when she is sentenced. Prosecutors allege she was paid for a government job she did not do and accepted expensive gifts from Morris. The once-popular Panhandle sheriff headed Florida's powerful Sheriff's Association until his arrest by FBI agents at a Las Vegas casino last year. He had $35,000 in cash with him that agents traced to an employee bonus kickback scheme. Investigators said the money came from Homeland Security and Justice Department training grants. JACKSONVILLE Officers accused of staging burglary Two Jacksonville police officers have been charged with filing a false police report and official misconduct after authorities say they staged a burglary at what they thought was a drug house. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office reports that 43-year-old Sgt. Marc E. Garza and 32-year-old Officer David Michael Cervone made up the report in August after moving a window air conditioning unit and climbing into the empty home. No drugs were found. TALLAHASSEE Court to reprimand judge for YouTube ad The Florida Supreme Court had agreed to publicly reprimand a Tallahassee judge for misleading campaign claims. The justices Thursday ruled unanimously in the case of Circuit Judge Angela Dempsey, who has admitted violating ethics rules. One of Dempsey's 2008 campaign ads on YouTube urged voters to re-elect her although she had not previously been elected. She was appointed in 2005 by then-Gov. Jeb Bush. Associated Press Disgraced Panhandle sheriff could face 60 more years in prison JCHAMLESSN 4STB B Section 6 flbriefs020510.4st 2010-02-05 05:00:00.0 UTC 2010-02-05T00:00:00.000-05:00 false templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2010/02/04/59495711-disgraced-panhandle-sheriff-could-face-60-more-years-in-prison StaffArticle PENSACOLAEx-sheriff could face 60 more yearsFormer Okaloosa County Sheriff Charlie Morris pleaded no contest to state racketeering and money laundering charges Tuesday, a move that could add up to 60 years in state prison to the federal term he is serving.<span style="display:none;" class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Associated Press 2271700 2016-04-03 00:27:13.0 UTC 5 Months Ago florida-prisons-plan-to-hire-more-than-4000-people incoming Florida prisons plan to hire more than 4,000 people StaffArticle 2290382 2016-08-21 00:53:10.0 UTC 1 Week Ago face-biting-suspect-dared-deputies-to-test-him-for-drugs-sheriffs-office incoming Face-biting suspect dared deputies to test him for drugs, sheriff's office says StaffArticle 2271066 2016-03-28 22:33:07.0 UTC 5 Months Ago survey-economists-more-pessimistic-on-growth-this-year incoming Survey: Economists more pessimistic on growth this year StaffArticle <p><b>PENSACOLA</b></p> <p>Ex-sheriff could face 60 more years</p> <p>Former Okaloosa County Sheriff Charlie Morris pleaded no contest to state racketeering and money laundering charges Tuesday, a move that could add up to 60 years in state prison to the federal term he is serving.</p> <p>Sabra Thornton, a woman prosecutors have described as Morris' mistress, was found guilty Tuesday of grand theft and could face up to 61 years in prison when she is sentenced. Prosecutors allege she was paid for a government job she did not do and accepted expensive gifts from Morris.</p> <p>The once-popular Panhandle sheriff headed Florida's powerful Sheriff's Association until his arrest by FBI agents at a Las Vegas casino last year. He had $35,000 in cash with him that agents traced to an employee bonus kickback scheme. Investigators said the money came from Homeland Security and Justice Department training grants.</p> <p><b>JACKSONVILLE</b></p> <p><b>Officers accused </b> <b>of staging burglary</b></p> <p>Two Jacksonville police officers have been charged with filing a false police report and official misconduct after authorities say they staged a burglary at what they thought was a drug house.</p> <p>The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office reports that 43-year-old Sgt. Marc E. Garza and 32-year-old Officer David Michael Cervone made up the report in August after moving a window air conditioning unit and climbing into the empty home. No drugs were found.</p> <p>TALLAHASSEE</p> <p><b>Court to reprimand </b> <b>judge for YouTube ad </b></p> <p>The Florida Supreme Court had agreed to publicly reprimand a Tallahassee judge for misleading campaign claims.</p> <p>The justices Thursday ruled unanimously in the case of Circuit Judge Angela Dempsey, who has admitted violating ethics rules. One of Dempsey's 2008 campaign ads on YouTube urged voters to re-elect her although she had not previously been elected. She was appointed in 2005 by then-Gov. Jeb Bush.</p>trueruntime2016-08-30 06:01:10