Why am I not surprised that the campaign to keep republicans in office is embroiled in fraud and deceit? But this sends quite the message doesn't it? If you're a rich politically connected republican and steal $150,000 you'll get a year in prison, but if you're a poor person busted with a small amount of marijuana you'll go to jail for a heck of a lot longer...
A former Republican insider was given a year in prison today after pleading guilty to two felonies in connection with $146,775 in spending he couldn't account for while running the Indiana Senate Republicans' fund-raising committee.
Marion Superior Court Judge Mark Stoner ordered Bradley R. Hiller, 33, to begin serving his sentence immediately.
Hiller, formerly of Mooresville, was placed in handcuffs by a Marion County sheriff's deputy moments after he grabbed a trash can in the court room to throw up.
During sentencing, Stoner said he hopes Hiller's prison term would send a message to the "political culture."
Deputy Prosecutor Rom Byron, who described Hiller as "unrepentant,"said he was pleased with the outcome.
"This was not a momentary lapse in judgment. We're not talking about shoplifting at Wal-Mart," Byron said. "It took three years of constant criminal activity to make this happen. He scoffed at the law."