State asks for fines and community service in Mayor Schmitt's criminal case

Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt addresses a city council meeting, September 20, 2016. (WLUK)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- The special prosecutor in Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt’s criminal case is asking the judge to issue fines and community service when he sentences the mayor next week.

Schmitt’s sentencing hearing is set for 9 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 5.

An 11-page sentencing memorandum shows the state is asking the judge to issue Schmitt $4,000 in fines and 40 hours of community service for three campaign finance crimes.

In his sentencing memorandum, prosecutor Bruce Landgraf recommends Schmitt be fined $2,000 and issued 40 hours of community service for making false statements to an election official. Landgraf also wants Schmitt to be fined $1,000 each for accepting campaign contributions not belonging to the reported contributor and accepting contributions over the legal limit.

Nearly two years ago, three aldermen accused Schmitt of accepting more than 10-thousand dollars in illegal campaign contributions. After a 20-month investigation, Landgraf determined Schmitt committed dozens of violations, and tried to cover them up after the aldermen's accusations.

Landgraf writes, "it was the manner in which he chose to address (certain of) those violations, which elevated rather unremarkable campaign finance violations into a criminal matter."

As part of a plea deal, Schmitt faces three misdemeanor charges. The state agreed to not ask the judge to issue any jail time. However, the state wants the judge to consider 34 other alleged campaign finance violations when handing down Schmitt's sentence.

Schmitt has refused to talk about the case until it is settled in court. However, when the charges were filed in September, Schmitt wrote a letter to the community.

"While I may disagree with some of (Landgraf's) conclusions, I do not dispute his factual findings nor his belief that all responsibility for accuracy and compliances rests with me," Schmitt wrote in the September letter.

Schmitt's attorney, Patrick Knight, tells FOX 11 he plans to file a sentencing memorandum on Wednesday asking the judge to issue Schmitt a fine.

Knight says the mayor will answer media questions about the case sometime after his sentencing on Monday.

Once Schmitt is sentenced, the city council is expected to schedule a special meeting to discuss its own punishment for Schmitt, which could include removing him from office. Schmitt has said he has no plans to resign.

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