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Local developer J.T. Burnette gets a 3-year prison sentence for corruption conviction

 The federal courthouse in downtown Tallahassee, FL
Craig Moore
WFSU Public Media
The federal courthouse in downtown Tallahassee, FL

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.

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