Federal Judge Jill Pryor of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals denied J.T. Burnette’s request to remain out of federal prison pending his appeal of a guilty verdict on corruption charges.
The decision was first reported by the Tallahassee Democrat.
Due to his involvement with Scott Maddox – who plead guilty to charges related to a bribery scheme – Burnette was convicted in August 2021 on five counts, including one count of extortion, two counts of honest services mail fraud, one count of violating the Travel Act, and lying to the FBI.
Burnette was sentenced to three years of federal prison and fined $1.25 million by Federal Judge Robert Hinkle. Around the same time, Hinkle also denied a request by Burnette to remain out of prison pending an appeal. Judge Hinkle said the month-long trial was “full and fair,” and “the evidence on the five counts of conviction was overwhelming.”
Hinkle did, however, extend Burnette’s deadline to report to prison from January 9 to January 23, 2022. Subsequently, another motion was filed by Burnette’s lawyers seeking to keep him out of prison during an appeal of the verdict. Pryor denied the motion.
According to the report, Burnette is expected to serve his sentence at the minimum-security federal prison in Montgomery, Alabama, located on Maxwell Air Force Base.