By Dennis LaVoie, Associated Press

BOSTON (CBS/AP) – The wife of U.S. Rep. John Tierney has been sentenced to 30 days in prison on tax charges for helping her brother conceal income from an illegal offshore gambling business.

Under a plea agreement, prosecutors had asked that Patrice Tierney be sentenced to two years of probation, with three months spent in home confinement. Tierney’s lawyer asked for straight probation.

But U.S. District Court Judge William Young said at a sentencing hearing on Thursday that Tierney should be given some prison time as a deterrent. The prison sentence will be followed by five months of home confinement as part of two years supervised release.

Patrice Tierney and her husband were quick to release statements on the sentencing, both expressing their disappointment with the punishment.

Patrice said that while she took responsibility for decisions she made, she was “surprised” by the ruling because it was “not in line with the U.S. Attorney’s recommendation”.  Rep. Tierney echoed his wife’s sentiments, and expressed support for his wife, saying “Patrice will continue to act with the strength and grace she has shown throughout this process”.

Patrice reiterated Judge Young’s reported comments stated during Thursday’s hearing, that her husband, Rep. Tierney, was not involved in any of her brother’s illegal activities.

John Tierney, a Democrat who has represented the 6th Congressional District since 1997, has said his wife was betrayed by her brother and believed his income came from selling or licensing software to legal Internet gambling businesses.

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Comments (7)
  1. DStein says:

    I hope the judge rejects the plea agreement and actually puts Tierney’s wife behind bars for at least the 3-4 years Dianne Wilkerson got. That would be justice. Probation would be a joke.

  2. response says:

    three months of scrubbing the public high school bathrooms would be good.
    I’m not sure three months of home confinement is punishment at all.

  3. Malcolm J. Mitchell says:

    What a JOKE. If she were not the wife of a member of Congressman she would be doing some hard time in JAIL. This just shows everyone that there is TWO systems of JUSTICE in this country…1.) is for POLITICAL FAMILIES and 2.) is for EVERYONE ELSE. Tierney it is time for you to resign.

  4. mikey says:

    You help someone conceal and launder 7 million and see where you end up. What a freakin’ outrage, truly disgusting. What a joke is right.

  5. Cynic says:

    The Good Old Boy white Politicians and thier wives get 30 days or a standing ovation at the State House. The Black Politicians get years in Prison.

  6. Cynic says:

    Oh.. I forgot the Talk Show….Some of them get their own Talk Show. I wonder if she will get her own Talk Show.

  7. DStein says:

    Cynic, she might not get her own talk show….but I bet you’ll see her honored at the State House next year as being an upstanding citizen…..which has a VERY low bar here in Massachusetts.

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