Paul Bookout sentenced to 18 months in prison

Paul Bookout sentenced to 18 months in prison

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Former State Senator Paul Bookout has been sentenced to 18 months in prison, according to KATV in Little Rock, on charges he misspent more than $150,000 in campaign funds.

U.S. District Court Judge Brian Miller handed down the sentence Wednesday in federal court in Little Rock.

The judge also sentenced Bookout to 2 years supervised release and ordered him to pay $150,000 in restitution, according to Marine Glisovic.

In March 2015 Bookout pleaded guilty to felony mail fraud.

Prosecutors said the former state senator spent campaign money on liquor, clothing for him and his family, a home sound system, and other personal items. He claimed the money went toward legitimate political expenses.

Following his guilty plea, Bookout apologized to his family and former constituents saying he planned "to make this right."

To that end, Bookout returned $31,000 in campaign donations to his contributors.

Before his resignation in 2013, Bookout had served in the Arkansas State Senate since 2006. Voters elected him to fill the term of his late father, Jerry Bookout, who had held the seat between 1973 and 1997, and from 2003 until his death.

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