Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Chvala Pleads to Two Felonies

Former Senate Majority Leader Chuck Chvala was found guilty this morning in Dane County Court in Madison of two felonies in accordance with a plea agreement entered before Dane County Judge David Flanagan. Chvala pleaded guilty to misconduct in office by instructing state workers to raise campaign money on state time and to making a campaign contribution of more than $1,000 in violation of state campaign laws.

The state's sentencing recommendation is for a six-month jail sentence, two years probation and a fine not to exceed $5,500.

Sentencing will take place in early December.

Chvala had been facing 19 felony charges, including misconduct in office, extortion and filing false reports with the state Elections Board. His trial was scheduled to start this coming Monday, Oct. 31.

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