Getting elected to the United States Congress is much less difficult than getting to the Senate for a host of reasons. And because congressional districts can be quite small with narrow and extreme political tastes, some real “characters” make it to D.C.

A jury found former Congresswoman Corrine Brown guilty on 18 counts of a 24 indictment Thursday, bringing an end to the 30-year political career of one of the region’s most recognizable politicians. The Congresswoman wanted the judge to continue sentencing but her request was denied.

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The 71-year-old disgraced congresswoman’s chief of staff, Ronnie Simmons, got 48 months in prison, while the founder of the charity, One Door for Education President Carla Wiley, received a 21-month sentence for her role.

Most of the charges were tied to her involvement with a sham charity, One Door for Education. Prosecutors say the 70-year-old Democrat pocketed $141,000 in untraceable cash from several sources, including the charity, and used it to bankroll an expensive lifestyle that could not be sustained through her Congressional salary alone.

Corrigan wrote in his order that he would consider granting Brown more time if she demonstrates at the hearing that there are documents or information she was unable to obtain because of the storm.

It’s unclear how much time behind bars, if any, Brown will be sentenced to.

In theory, the maximum penalty for her convictions carries decades of jail time. However, it will ultimately be up to Corrigan to weigh her crimes against the good Brown can claim for her 24 years in Congress.

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