NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — To say it was a bad day for Kathleen Kane would be an understatement. Inside the Montgomery County Courthouse on Monday, the former Pennsylvania attorney general was learning her fate over her conviction on obstruction and perjury charges: 10-23 months in prison. On the outside, she wasn’t catching any breaks either.
Shortly after being sentenced, Kane was escorted from the Montgomery County Courthouse. Waiting for her — a parking ticket that meter maids had slapped on the windshield of her car.
It wasn’t clear how much the violation was for, but whatever the cost, it won’t be nearly as steep as the price Kane could pay for leaking grand jury documents and lying under oath.
Despite a tearful plea for leniency, Kane could spend nearly two years behind bars. Pennsylvania’s former top prosecutor had requested probation or house arrest so that she could be home to raise her two teenage sons. But the judge decided that probation would not be sufficient punishment for her crimes and ultimately agreed with the prosecution’s push for prison time, telling Kane, “your children are the ultimate collateral damages. They are casualties of your actions. But you did that, not this court.”
The judge also sentenced Kane to eight months probation.
Kane later posted her $75,000 cash bail and now remains free while she appeals her conviction.