Former Walker aide sentenced on theft conviction

CREATED Jan. 22, 2013 - UPDATED: Jan. 22, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - A close associate of Gov. Scott Walker has been sentenced after he was convicted of felony theft.

Timothy D. Russell faces a sentence of two years behind bars and five years probation, following a plea deal.

He pleaded guilty in November to stealing more than $20,000 from a nonprofit group.

Before sentencing Russell apologized and said he took responsibility for his actions.

Defense attorney Parker Mathers had requested a sentence of three years' probation, noting his client's lack of a criminal history.

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.