Monica Conyers, the wife of House Congressman John Conyers today recieved a 37 Month Sentence, with 2 Years of Probation for her actions in the Synagro bribery scandal as a City Councilwoman.
She is going to be quite stylish in that Orange Jumpsuit!
Former Detroit City Councilwoman Monica Conyers was sentenced today to 37 months and two years supervised probation and no fine in the Synagro bribery scandal that rocked the city of Detroit.
The sentencing came even after Conyers several times told the judge that she wanted to withdraw her guilty plea.
The 37 months is the top of the sentencing guidelines recommended by the probation department. She has 10 days to appeal; otherwise, she’ll start serving on July 1.
U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn said that Conyers’ conduct in office “fell woefully short” of the standard expected of public servants, and that she violated basic standards of conduct going back to the book of Exodus.
He said the sentence of 37 months was in line with other public officials who have fallen afoul of the law, and her sentence is greater than other defendants because her conduct was “more egregious.”
She was still agitated after the sentencing as family and friends and court officials tried to calm her.
“I’m walking out the front door, and I’m appealing this case.” She also said, “I don’t want to go out the back.”
She repeatedly said she wanted to appeal the case as court security officers cleared the courtroom and eventually the hallway.
While Conyers vowed an appeal, her June 22 signed plea agreement indicates that if the sentence imposed falls at five years or less “defendant waives any right to appeal her conviction or sentence.”
Outside, her attorney Steve Fishman sidestepped questions of whether he was still her lawyer, saying, “The case is over,” adding “I might wind up a witness” in the matter of her trying to withdraw her plea.
Asked if she can withdraw her plea Fishman said, “That’s a good question.”
Asked for his reaction to her courtroom scene, Fishman said, “Write what you saw; write what you heard.”
Asked if he knew Conyers would react as she did, he said, “Did it look like I did?”
U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said it was not a day for self-congratulations: “Ms. Conyers engaged in bad conduct and there are serious repercussions for that.”