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Ex-parole chief gets prison
Henry must serve 3 years
By James L. Rosica
Jimmie Henry, the former Florida Parole Commission chairman, was sentenced Monday to three years in prison on charges he cheated on his state expense accounts and time sheets, court records show.
The prison time will be followed by 25 years of probation to ensure he pays court-ordered restitution of $109,605.93, Assistant State Attorney Robin Lotane said. That includes investigative and prosecution costs, she said.
Henry, 54, already has paid roughly $26,000 in restitution and will pay $400 monthly after his rele ase from prison, Lotane said.
In the two years before his resignation last year, Henry reportedly padded expenses for business trips to Parole Commission field offices, meetings or other official appointments, according to a Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation.
In some cases, he put in claims for entire trips that never happened, investigators said.
Circuit Judge Tom Bateman gave Henry the lowest possible
sentence. Henry's sentencing guidelines, which suggest a likely punishment,
"I think it was fair," Lotane said of the sentence. "There really wasn't any reason for a downward departure."
Henry's attorney, Gary Roberts, did not return a call.
Roberts also submitted results of a psychological evaluation of Henry but did not discuss the results in court Monday. The reports were sealed and unavailable for review, a court clerk said.
Henry was charged with 46 counts of grand theft, a third-degree felony, 42 counts of misdemeanor petty theft and 21 counts of filing false or fraudulent travel claims, a second-degree misdemeanor, records show.
Henry pleaded no contest in February. Bateman adjudicated him guilty Monday, meaning a formal finding of guilt was placed in his record.
Henry resigned from his $85,355-a-year job May 9, 2003, and turned himself in on a warrant Aug. 21. He had held the position since 1998.
Contact reporter James L. Rosica at (850) 599-2304 or
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