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Ex-U.S. Representative Swindall sentenced to probation

ATLANTA -- Former U.S. Rep. Pat Swindall has been sentenced to one year of probation after pleading guilty to three misdemeanor counts of being involved in illegal campaign contributions.

The Daily Report says in its Friday edition that Swindall was sentenced on Aug. 26 in connection with an alleged scheme to funnel $8,000 in campaign contributions to former Atlanta City Councilwoman Joyce Sheperd.

The newspaper reports that prosecutors agreed to drop felony charges in return for Swindall's guilty pleas to one misdemeanor count of conspiracy to commit a crime and two counts of exceeding the maximum allowable campaign contribution.

Swindall represented a suburban Atlanta district from 1985 to 1989. He later served one year in federal prison after he was convicted in 1992 of perjury charges.