Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey A. Manning today sentenced former state Sen. Jane Orie to a prison term of between 2 1/2 and 10 years on corruption charges.
She was immediately taken into custody after the sentencing hearing today in Downtown Pittsburgh.
Orie, a Republican, made no statements. She had tears in her eyes as she was led away.
Manning called her actions a "flagrant and disgraceful violation" of the lawyers’ oath.
Orie, 50, was found guilty in March of five felonies and nine misdemeanors. The charges, which included theft of services, ethics violations, tampering with evidence and forgery, stemmed from allegations she used her legislative staff to run fund-raisers and conduct campaign work. She has claimed the charges were politically motivated.