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UPDATE: Former Walker aide sentenced to 6 months in jail


MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- A former aide to Gov. Scott Walker has been sentenced to six months in jail as part of three years probation for doing campaign work on the taxpayers' time.

Kelly Rindfleisch pleaded guilty in October to one felony count of misconduct in office in a deal with prosecutors.

She faced up to three-and-a-half years in prison and $10,000 in fines, but prosecutors recommended jail time rather than prison and promised not to seek restitution in exchange for her plea.

Rindfleisch remains free, as Judge David Hansher stayed the jail term pending Rindfleisch's expected appeal of her sentence.

The 44-year-old Rindfleisch served as Walker's deputy chief of staff during his tenure as Milwaukee County executive in 2010.

During Monday's sentencing, Assistant Milwaukee County District Attorney Bruce Landgraf used dozens of Rindfleisch's emails to illustrate her pattern of doing work for the campaign of lieutenant governor Brett Davis, and for Walker's campaign for governor, while at her government job during business hours.

Landgraf also stated the work of the Walker campaign and the operation of the county executive's office synchronized outcomes on most major policy issues.

Landgraf cited instances when Walker campaign manager Keith Gilkes directed Rindfleisch's work, including telling her to forward a request for information under Wisconsin's Open Records law to the county's corporation counsel and stall on satisfying the request.

Landgraf also produced an email from Gilkes to Rindfleisch in the wake of a man's death in the collapse of a portion of the county's O'Donnell parking structure, in which Gilkes directed Rindfleisch to make sure "...not a piece of paper that details any problems at all..." with the structure's history ever surfaced.

During sentencing, Rindfleisch apologized to the people of Milwaukee County, and claimed the county's work was always her first priority. She asked to be spared jail time.

Hansher said Rindfleisch committed her misconduct, even though she was on notice about government employees doing campaign work on public time as a result of being a state worker who did campaign work on the job a decade ago, in what was called the caucus scandal. Rindfleisch received immunity from prosecution, and Hansher said she had "got a pass" in the past.

Landgraf said Rindfleisch cooperated with the district attorney's continuing investigation into the activities of former aides of Walker, but said Rindfleisch's information, while valuable, is not leading to other charges.

Landgraf has said Walker has also cooperated with the investigation. Walker has not been implicated in any crimes.

Another former Walker aide, Timothy Russell, is scheduled to stand trial next month for what authorities say was his theft of more than $20,000 intended to benefit Milwaukee area veterans.


MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- A former Walker aide will be sentenced Monday after her felony conviction for working on a political campaign while at her government job.

Kelly Rindfleisch was former deputy chief of staff to then-Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker in 2010. Rindfleisch used work time and a secret email system to carry out work for lieutenant governor candidate Brett Davis in 2010.

Rindfleisch faces prison time, but as a the result of a plea bargain, prosecutors are recommending a probation sentence, to include a period of jail. 

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