Ex-Pennsylvania attorney general gets 10 to 23 months in prison

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (WHTM) – Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has been sentenced to 10 to 23 months in prison for leaking grand jury materials to the media and then lying about it under oath.

Kane was also sentenced Monday to eight years of probation.

In court Monday, Kane, 50, asked a judge in suburban Philadelphia to sentence her to probation or house arrest, arguing that the loss of her career, law license and reputation was punishment enough.

“I really don’t care what happens to me,” Kane said during Monday’s sentencing before leaning toward the defense table to grab tissues.

“There is no more torture in the world than to watch your children suffer and know you had something to do with it. Because I can’t fix it,” she said. “I have been punished.”

The judge told Kane her children were “collateral damages” of her own actions.

Prosecutors called Kane’s crimes “egregious.” They say a paranoid Kane ruined morale in the 800-person office and the wider law enforcement community through a calculated scheme to embarrass rival prosecutors who had left the office.

In the final year of her first term, she was convicted Aug. 15 of two felony counts of perjury and seven misdemeanor charges. She didn’t testify at her trial, and she resigned the next day.

Kane was the first woman and first Democrat elected as the state’s top prosecutor.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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