Terri Hodge Sentenced to Prison

A U.S. district judge today sentenced embattled former state Rep. Terri Hodge to a year in prison in a Dallas City Hall corruption scandal that has already netted several other convictions.

Hodge, 69, who has since been replaced in the Legislature by Democrat Eric Johnson, pleaded guilty to lying on her tax return. The Dallas Morning News reports that Hodge, who spent 14 years in office, addressed the court before the sentencing, saying:

"As a public official, my actions have cast a bad light on many other elected officials. What I've done has contributed to some people's distrust of the political system. All I can say is I am truly sorry for my mistakes."

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