NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee attorney who admitted to stealing $1.3 million from three of his wards has been sentenced to 18 years in prison in a plea deal.
The Tennessean reports Nashville attorney John E. Clemmons received the sentence Friday for three counts of theft, TennCare fraud and perjury.
Without the plea deal, the 66-year-old attorney could have faced a 30-year sentence on the theft charges alone.
Clemmons had been entrusted by the courts with overseeing the finances of three people whom the courts had found were unable to care for themselves.
Clemmons' case moved through the courts in the aftermath of stories in The Tennessean about abuses in the handling of conservatorships in the state.
With the 18-year sentence, Clemmons could be eligible for parole after serving about six years.
Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com