Brennan pleads guilty to a single charge of perjury; could face up to six months in jail

Former District Judge Theresa Brennan pleads guilty to a single count of perjury on Dec. 3, 2019. (Photo courtesy of WHMI.com)

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In a plea deal, former Livingston County District Judge Theresa Brennan has pleaded guilty Dec. 3, 2019, to a single charge of perjury. In exchange for her plea, the Michigan Attorney General’s Office has agreed to drop charges of tampering with evidence and misconduct in office.

Brennan is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 17, and she faces no more than six months in jail. She had faced up to 15 years on the original charges. Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Paul Cusick took her plea in a Livingston County courtroom

The plea brings to a near close one of the biggest scandals ever in Livingston County history, one that featured sex, murder, lies, and cover-ups, and brought down an ambitious judge in its wake.

Brennan was scheduled to go to trial in January on three charges: perjury, tampering or destroying evidence, and misconduct in office. It was alleged that Brennan gave false testimony about a cell phone considered a marital asset during a hearing in her own divorce case, and that she tampered with evidence in a murder trial while carrying on an affair with the main prosecution witness in the case, former Michigan State Police Detective Sean Furlong.

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