A judge has denied a former Ohio lawmaker's request for early release from prison, saying he agreed to serve three years.
Under a plea deal, former state representative Clayton Luckie of Dayton was sentenced in January 2013 to the three-year prison term after pleading guilty to election falsification, grand theft and other charges. State and federal investigators found that Luckie skimmed nearly $130,000 in campaign funds for personal use and failed to list campaign expenditures for six years. Franklin County Judge Colleen O'Donnell says early release would demean the seriousness of the offenses, and that the court could have imposed a 10-year prison term. Luckie has attributed the crimes to "errors in judgment."