Disgraced former District Judge Theresa Brennan — once Livingston County’s most-famous jail inmate — will soon be Livingston County’s most-famous probationer as she gets out of jail more than a month early.
Brennan, who pleaded guilty Dec. 3, 2019, to a single count of perjury, is getting released from jail on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, said Livingston County Sheriff Mike Murphy. Her original release day was July 17, 2020.
In addition to perjury, Brennan had also been charged with misconduct in office and tampering with evidence; both of those charges were dropped as part of her plea agreement. She had faced up to 15 years in prison had she been found guilty of the charges at trial.
Instead, Brennan’s plea agreement got her six months in jail, 200 hours of community service, and 18 months of probation.
The plea brought to a close one of Livingston County’s biggest scandals, which featured sex, murder, lies, and cover-ups, and brought down an ambitious judge in its wake.
The day after Brennan reported to the Livingston County Jail, she was moved to another facility outside the county, likely to help ensure her safety. Although she was housed in a secure, separate location in the Livingston County Jail, there was a chance that she could have come into contact with people she had dealt with in court.