CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Former Mason mayor and state lawmaker Pete Beck was sentenced to four years in prison Thursday.
He was convicted earlier this summer of using his stature as a CPA and lawmaker to lure investors to a failing technology company.
One of Beck's lawyers, Ralph Kohnen, asked Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge John Andrew West for mercy.
Beck's record of public, community and military service should make him qualify for probation instead of prison, Kohnen said. Beck, who also has a heart condition, would view probation as an opportunity to serve.
He "fundamentally is a good man" who was a "juicy target" for prosecutors, his lawyer said.
"Mr. Beck's conduct was generally less serious than conduct that normally makes up theft and perjury," he said.
Beck was found guilty in June on 13 criminal charges related to perjury, theft and fraudulent sale of security. He was found not guilty on another 25 charges following a 10-week securities breach bench trial.
Beck sat in court showing little emotion before the sentencing hearing began about 9:20 a.m. He has remained free on his own recognizance.
Some of his supporters attended - and so did some of his victims.
One, Christine Walters, told the judge Beck left her family financially devastated.