Monday, November 26, 2012
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File Photo — Shirley Lasseter
LAWRENCEVILLE — Former Commissioner Shirley Lasseter will spend Christmas in federal prison.
Lasseter, who was mayor of Duluth for a decade before becoming a county commissioner, will begin her 33-month sentence for bribery Dec. 12 in a Marianna, Fla. prison, according to an order filed in federal court before Thanksgiving.
Earlier this year, Lasseter pleaded guilty for accepting a bribe during an undercover sting. Her son John Fanning and businessman Skip Cain also pleaded guilty to bribery and drug charges and are scheduled to serve 57 months each.
All three cooperated in a federal investigation, which lead to charges against businessman Mark Gary, who admitted he paid $30,000 in casino chips for Lasseter’s favorable vote on a waste-transfer station planned for the Dacula area.
Lasseter, who is staying with a family friend before reporting to prison, declined to comment.