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Disgraced former Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner, center, and his attorneys Donald Bosch and Ann Short arrive at the Federal Courthouse on Nov. 2, 2012. (Knoxville News Sentinel) Disgraced former Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner, center, and his attorneys Donald Bosch and Ann Short arrive at the Federal Courthouse on Nov. 2, 2012. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Former Knox County judge Richard Baumgartner faces sentencing next week and federal prosecutors have asked for a term higher than guidelines call for.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported the government is asking Greeneville U.S. District Court Judge Ronnie Greer to imprison Baumgartner for at least two years.

Baumgartner pleaded guilty two years ago to a state charge of official misconduct for buying pills from a felon on probation in his court. While that state plea kept his judicial pension intact, Baumgartner lost his pension with the federal indictment.

The filing by federal prosecutors is in response to the defense asking the court to allow probation for Baumgartner. Prosecutors said conviction on the five felony counts is deserving of "an upward variance" from the sentencing guideline.

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