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Walker ex-aide to be sentenced on theft conviction

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A close associate of Gov. Scott Walker is due to be sentenced after he was convicted of felony theft.

Timothy D. Russell pleaded guilty in November to stealing more than $20,000 from a nonprofit group. The 49-year-old is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday morning.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison. But as part of a plea agreement, prosecutors have agreed to recommend a sentence of two years.

Defense attorney Parker Mathers has said he'll request a sentence of probation only.

Russell was one of six people charged in a secret investigation of Milwaukee County executive's office back when Walker held that office. Russell and four others have been convicted. The trial for the sixth begins later this month.

Walker has not been charged with wrongdoing.

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