Forgarty to be sentenced in judge drug scandal

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EAST ST LOUIS, IL (KTVI) –  A former probation officer accused of supply cocaine  to judges in St. Clair County is scheduled for sentencing Thursday.

James Fogarty  pleaded guilty last November to selling drugs to former judge Michael Cook and the late judge Joe Christ.  Christ died of a cocaine overdose.

Fogarty is expected to receive five years in prison.

On Wednesday, a judge rejected a plea deal from Michael Cook.  Cooked expected to serve 18 months in prison on drug and weapons charges, but the judge indicated the sentence wasn’t harsh enough.

Cook could withdraw his guilty plea and go to trial or reach a new plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney.

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