A sad finale in a federal courtroom in Atlanta for former state school superintendent Linda Schrenko.
News 12's Laurie Ott was the only local reporter in the courtroom as Schrenko took the stand to testify for the prosecution.
Linda Schrenko is now a convicted felon, but she came across as friendly and open on the stand today.
The former state school superintendent told the jury she had pled guilty to two felonies, conspiracy and money laundering, saying she did write contracts that would in some way benefit her campaign and sign checks that would also be funneled into her campaign. She admitted to spending $614,000 in federal education funds on software for the Governor's Honors Program and the Schools for the Deaf without checking to see if they could use it.
After her testimony was over, Schrenko's attorney told News 12 in an exclusive interview that taking the plea deal and getting an 8 year sentence was what they had to do.
Schrenko testified that her former co-defendants, Botes and Steyn, knew about the scheme, but did not offer any evidence. However, prosecutor evidence has already shown Botes' company kept $341,000 of the $614,000 Schrenko spent.
Schrenko's time in Atlanta is now over. She'll be back in Augusta Thursday night.
Linda Schrenko originally faced over 40 counts.
She pled guilty to 2 counts involving fraud and money laundering.
As part of her plea agreement, she is set to serve 8 years in federal prison.
Formal sentencing will be July 12.
Schrenko will be ordered to pay restitution, but there's no word on how much that is.
There are several possible prisons in the southeast where Schrenko could serve her time.
The Federal Correctional Institution in Tallahassee, Florida is a low security prison for females.
There is also a Federal Correctional Institution located in Coleman, Florida. That is a medium security prison for women.
And in Marianna, Florida, in the Panhandle area, there is Satellite Prison Camp. That is a medium security facility.
The final decision on where she will start serving her time is up to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.