Local developer J.T. Burnette gets a 3-year prison sentence for corruption conviction
Local developer J.T. Burnette will spend three years in federal prison. A federal judge sentenced Burnette Tuesday in a trial over corruption in Tallahassee.
The sentencing comes the same day former city commissioner Scott Maddox and his business partner Page Carter-Smith start their prison sentences.
Burnette, along with Maddox and Carter-Smith were indicted in 2019 as part of an FBI investigation into corruption. Burnette was accused of paying Maddox a $100,000 bribe to abstain from a vote on a project that would compete with Burnette’s development of hotels.
Maddox and Carter-Smith previously received five-year, and two-year prison sentences and testified against Burnette in his trial.
Burnette will also have to pay a $1.25 million fine. His attorney says he will appeal.