Former Davidson County General Sessions Judge Casey Moreland, 61, was sentenced to 44 months in federal prison and forced to pay restitution of $18,000 and a forfeiture of $13,500 for obstruction of justice, witness tampering and stealing cash from the Drug Court Foundation that he founded.
Federal prosecutors said Moreland's case was one of the "most shocking cases of misconduct by a public official this district has ever seen."
Moreland pleaded guilty earlier this year to obstruction of justice after an undercover FBI informant videotaped him as he discussed planting drugs on his former mistress in an attempt to discredit her.
At the time the FBI was investigating whether he traded favors in his courtroom for sex.
Moreland later pleaded guilty to destroying evidence related to embezzling cash from the Davidson County Drug Court Foundation.
Moreland stood before Judge Waverly Crenshaw today and apologized to the people of Davidson County.
He said they deserved better.
Moreland's wife testified and asked the court for leniency. She said her husband's mental and physical health had deteriorated.
Judge Crenshaw said as he sentenced Moreland this was a "sad ending."
He said the sentence needed to send a message to the community that Moreland's conduct was unacceptable.
Prosecutors asked for a five years in prison.
Moreland's attorneys said his past community service and his failing mental and physical health warranted a sentence of less than three years.
After the sentencing federal prosecutors said they were happy with the sentence.
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