Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Kehl to plead guilty May 30

A May 30 hearing has been set for former Kenosha Co. Exec. Allan Kehl to formally enter his guilty plea before U.S. District Court Judge Charles N. Clevert Jr.

Kehl, who resigned in March, admitted to receiving $15,000 in cash from Kenosha businessman Dennis Troha, according to a release from the U.S. Department of Justice. Kehl received $10,000 in 2005 at Troha's office and $5,000 in 2006 as the two stood in Troha's garage, prosecutors said.

As part of a plea deal reached earlier this month, prosecutors have agreed to recommend a sentence of two years in prison. The maximum under the charge is five years.

See the plea deal:
http://www.wispolitics.com/1006/080410Kehldeal.pdf

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Friday, April 18, 2008

Judge rules wire taps are in for McGee trial

A Milwaukee County judge Friday rejected former Ald. Michael McGee Jr.'s request to throw out wire taps prosecutors plan to use against him at trial.

McGee, who faces seven felonies and five misdemeanors, had challenged the wire taps, arguing prosecutors had overstepped their authority in obtaining them. McGee attorney Larry Jarrett argued some of the comments caught on tape were said in jest as well.

But Judge Dennis P. Moroney rejected the challenge and ruled the wire taps could be used at trial.

Both sides went through a series of motions at Friday's hearing in advance of McGee's May 19 trial. McGee stands accused of arranging for a beating as well as a number of election violations for allegedly bribing people to vote for him.

Moroney ruled that two juries will hear the case. The first jury will hear the first two counts in the alleged beating plot. The second jury will hear the 10 counts that pertain to the election.

McGee will be able to wear street clothes at this trial, but his feet will remain shackled. Moroney said that having McGee unrestrained during the trial would be a liability for the state.

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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Former Kenosha Co. exec reaches plea deal

Prosecutors will recommend a two-year sentence for former Kenosha County Executive Allan Kehl in exchange for his guilty plea on a charge of conspiracy to receive improper payments, under a deal announced Wednesday.

Kehl, who resigned his post last month, faces a maximum charge of five years in prison on the charge.

Kehl admitted to wrongfully receiving $15,000 in cash from Kenosha businessman Dennis Troha, according to a release from the U.S. Department of Justice. Kehl received $10,000 in 2005 at Troha's office and $5,000 in 2006 as the two stood in Troha's garage, prosecutors said.

Kehl is the fourth person to reach a deal with prosecutors stemming from a probe related to Troha's efforts to turn a Kenosha dog track into an off-reservation casino.

First Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Jacobs said the investigation remains open. She pointed out U.S. Attorney Steve Biskupic said during Troha's sentencing that the FBI will be investigating leads for "quite some time."

Kehl attorney David Geraghty did not return a call to his office from WisPolitics.

Of the four to reach deals in the Troha investigation, only one has received a harsher recommended sentence. Troha associate John Erickson, who agreed to plead guilty to two counts of conspiracy and making an illegal corporate contribute, received a recommended sentenced of two years in prison and a $200,000 fine. Achille Infusino, who agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit campaign finance violations, got a recommendation of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

Troha, who agreed to cooperate with prosecutors as part of his plea deal, was sentenced to six months probation in March.

Read the U.S. DOJ release:
http://www.wispolitics.com/1006/080409_Kehl_plea.pdf

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