Former Knox County judge to be sentenced in federal court
Former Knox County judge Richard Baumgartner faces a possible federal prison sentence for lying to cover up a scheme that provided him with painkillers and sex.
Baumgartner is scheduled for a sentencing hearing on Wednesday in Greeneville federal court for his conviction on five counts of misprision of a felony.
Baumgartner avoided jail earlier when he agreed to a plea deal in 2011 on a state charge of official misconduct after a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation probe found he was addicted to painkillers and was having sex with probationer who was supplying him with pills.
Prosecutors say Baumgartner should serve at least two years in prison because his actions severely disrupted the Knox County judicial system. His defense attorneys say the disgraced and disbarred judge should be placed on probation.
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