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Ex-senator sentenced for embezzling from construction loan

Former state Sen. Tommy Robertson has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, with two years to serve, for embezzling over $379,000 of a $484,000 construction loan that he was handling for a couple through Singing River Federal Credit Union.

Special Judge Richard McKenzie also ordered Robertson to serve eight years under post-release supervision, fined him $1,000 and ordered him to pay $60,000 in restitution.

Jackson County District Attorney Tony Lawrence tells The Sun Herald Robertson had already paid about $16,000 of what was owed.

Robertson’s relatives attended the sentencing hearing Monday to show their support. His daughters wept for their father, who served in the state Senate from 1992 to 2008.

Though Lawrence pleaded guilty to one count, Lawrence said he had access to the entire $484,000 involved.

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