Former Missouri Gov. Roger Wilson is seeking probation in connection with a campaign money-laundering charge.
Wilson, who served as governor for about three months following the death of Mel Carnahan in 2000, pleaded guilty in April to a federal misdemeanor count of laundering two campaign donations totaling $8,000 to the state Democratic Party. The contributuions were funneled through a St. Louis law firm.
“I made a mistake,” Wilson said at the time.
When he made the donations in 2009, Wilson was president and CEO of Missouri Employers Mutual Co., a state-created workers’ compensation company.
Wilson’s sentencing is scheduled for Monday. Wilson, who also served as a long-time state senator representing Columbia, is faces up to six months in prison, according to federal guidelines.
This week, Wilson’s lawyer, Robert Haar, sent a memorandum to the court recommending probation.
“His three months as governor capped 24 years of exemplary public service untouched by any hint of impropriety,” Haar wrote.