Former Cincinnati council member sentenced

Associated Press

Cincinnati – A former Cincinnati city council member has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to a federal charge resulting from corruption investigations that have left two other council members facing charges.

U.S. District Judge Susan Dlott ruled Tuesday that Tamaya Dennard will begin serving her sentence next year. Dlott called the case “a real tragedy,” saying Dennard, 41, had done a lot of good.

Tamaya Dennard, former Cincinnati City Council member walks into the federal courthouse in Downtown Cincinnati for her sentencing hearing after pleading guilty to wire fraud on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020.

Dennard pleaded guilty earlier this year to a wire fraud-related count alleging vote-selling. Dennard had asked for home incarceration, writing to the court that she resigned from council and took responsibility for her actions. She is a Democrat.

Democrat P.G. Sittenfeld was arrested last week on separate allegations he solicited payments to “deliver the votes” for a proposed real estate development. He tweeted Friday that the allegations are “simply not true,” that he will not resign and that he will fight the charges. Republican Jeff Pastor was arrested this month on bribery and other counts and said he will fight the charges.