The Kenosha News is reported that former Kenosha County Executive Allan Kehl has agreed to plead guilty to a charge of conspiracy to receive improper payments, and, in exchange, the United States attorney has agreed to recommend a two-year prison sentence.
The maximum prison term for the charge is five years.
In the plea agreement filed today, Kehl admitted to wrongfully receiving $15,000 in cash from Kenosha businessman Dennis Troha -- $10,000 in 2005 while at Troha’s office and $5,000 in 2006 while the two stood in Troha’s garage.
Folks, I think Kehl, if this is true, deserves punishment but two years in prison punishes the taxpayers more than it does Kehl.
There are violent criminals who do far less time than someone with no prior criminal history.
I believe a short jail stint as an object lesson is appropriate for Kehl coupled with probation and a very significant fine.
Further, it's amazing that the ringleader, Dennis Troha, never spent a day in jail.
This whole thing is a black mark on Kenosha but putting Kehl in a "Club Fed" for two years is a horrible and stupid waste of resources.