ABINGDON, VA (WJHL)- Thursday a federal judge set former Bristol Virginia Utilities Chief Financial Officer Stacey Pomrenke’s sentencing date for August 9th, 2016.
August 9th will also be Pomrenke’s bench trial on contempt of court charges. Prosecutors said she sent an email from her Gmail account to several witnesses less than two weeks before her corruption trial. The email asked the recipients to, “Please do not share this email. Please keep this in confidence,” according to court records.
A federal jury convicted Pomrenke on 14 of 15 corruption-related charges in February.
Pomrenke was supposed to learn her fate on June 20, but Judge James Jones honored Pomrenke’s request to postpone her sentencing until after the U.S. Supreme Court makes its decision regarding the corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. Pomrenke argues that decision could impact her case. McDonnell is appealing 11 corruption convictions for taking gifts in exchange for official acts as governor.
Another development in the case, the Federal Bureau of Investigation now wants access to Stacey Pomrenke’s personal email account, according to federal court filings. According to court documents, the FBI believes Pomrenke’s account may contain information linked to contempt of court, obstruction of justice and witness tampering.
Federal prosecutors said during a hearing Tuesday that Stacey Pomrenke’s husband Judge Kurt Pomrenke is now also under criminal investigation for possible contempt of court, witness tampering, and obstruction of justice, according to court records.
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