Lasseter Sentenced to 33 Months in Federal Prison

Former Gwinnett County Commissioner Shirley Lasseter will serve time for accepting bribes.

Former Gwinnett County Commissioner Shirley Lasseter, 64, has been sentenced to 33 months in federal prison on bribery charges.

In May,  on charges she accepted bribes in return for her support for a proposed real estate development.

Do you think justice has been served? Let us know in the comments.

“Today’s (Sept. 5) sentence reflects that public officials who betray the public trust and abuse their public office to line their own pockets will pay a heavy price,” said U.S. Attorney Sally Yates in a released statement.  “The elected office of County Commissioner carries with it a tremendous duty of loyalty, honesty, and responsibility to serve the best interests of the citizens of Gwinnett County.  This defendant sold that office for her own profit, promising to approve a real estate development project for individuals whom she believed to be drug traffickers. She earned her significant sentence for violating the public trust and the law.” 

Lasseter’s son, John Fanning, 34, of Dacula, and Carl “Skip” Cain, 65, of Flowery Branch, an associate of Lasseter’s, . Fanning and Cain were to be sentenced today as well, but, at the request of their lawyers, Judge Pannell postponed their sentencing hearings until Sept. 18, 2012. 

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Heather Cole September 06, 2012 at 12:19 AM
With as sorry as I've seen the police officers and Judges act, I doubt very seriously Shirley is guilty! Most things in Gwinnett County are set up. It's ironic how this is happening around election time! This County will also twist your arm into lying about yourself deeming you more time and penalties if you don't agree with their 9th grade police officers testimonies. I'm glad now I've moved back home to Alabama where the officers & Sheriffs have bigger concerns and the Judges have more common sense and higher intellect!
GregRodgers September 06, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Heather....she was caught red handed are you kidding me? And she admitted it!! Get in the relm of reality!
Heather Cole September 06, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Nope! As I mentioned before it's a crazy County! However, the relm of the reality may have been a threat for a plea down which she shouldn't have received to begin with. I believe nothing that goes on in Gwinnett County unless i see it! Your judical system is non other but EVIL.
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew September 06, 2012 at 03:10 AM
No she isn't ... but I wish the FEDs were... http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/news/2012/sep/05/former-commissioner-sentenced-33-month-prison-term/ "The facility will be a “camp” setting without walls, where inmates are commonly allowed to leave during the day and return at night, said U.S. Department of Justice spokesman John Horn." "Johnson said the closest appropriate facility is in Marianna, Fla., about 65 miles west of Tallahassee." WOW... Day Trippin’ to Disney! The beach! "She will be in custody for all 33 months, as there is no parole in the federal system. She will remain free on bond for the next four to six weeks until she’s notified by federal prison officials." With this facility, WHO would NEED parole?
David September 06, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Thanks for moving back to Alabama, Heather. You should fit in much better there.


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