Walker gets 10-year federal sentence

Charles Walker, who was once considered one of the most powerful African-American legislators in the General Assembly, received a 10-year federal prison sentence Tuesday for his convictions on charges of tax evasion, mail fraud and conspiracy.

U.S. District Judge Dudley Bowen sentenced Walker to 121 months in prison after a two-day sentencing hearing in federal court in Augusta.

Walker, who rose to the position of Senate majority leader during his tenure in the legislature, automatically lost his state Senate seat after his conviction last June.

“Senator Walker and I had our political differences in times past,” said Gov. Sonny Perdue, one of Walker’s bitterest political enemies. “It’s always sad to me to see a public official indicted, convicted, and sentenced to prison. The message again, simply, is nobody is above the law.”

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