Brennan sentenced to 6 months in county jail

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The sentencing of former Livingston County District Judge Theresa Brennan to six months in county jail brings to a 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 this month on three charges: perjury, tampering or destroying evidence, and misconduct in office. The charges of misconduct in office and tampering with evidence were dropped as part of the plea agreement in which she pleaded guilty on Dec. 3, 2019, to a single charge of perjury.

Brennan had faced up to 15 years in prison on the original three charges.

Before her sentencing, a tearful Brennan read from the letter she wrote to the court, calling her actions “ignorant, foolish, wrong.”

“I blame only myself,” Brennan said through her tears. “I have much to be grateful for. I ask for mercy.”

“You decided to lie to protect yourself,” said Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Paul Cusick, who presided over the case. “Request for probation under these circumstances is totally unacceptable.”

Cusick then imposed a sentence of six months in county jail, 200 hours of community service, and 18 months of probation. Brennan is to report to jail at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 24.

After the sentencing, some applause erupted in the courtroom.


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