Monday, August 17, 2009

Ex-Legislator Kathryn Bowers is Back After Completing Prison Term

Posted By on Mon, Aug 17, 2009 at 5:57 AM

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Kathryn Bowers, the diminutive former Shelby County state representative and state senator who was one of several legislators indicted and convicted in the FBI's Tennessee Waltz sting of 2005, has completed her prison term and is back home at her former Timothy Drive address.

That's the message she sent out this weekend to friends and supporters along with her thanks "for your prayers, concerns, letters and support...during these trying months." Bowers, who ended her email note with the statement "I am a firm believer where one chapter ends another begins," is working with C & W Records, helping "market our new single 'Til the Morning Comes' by Sylvester Burks.'"

As the Flyer reported in May, Bowers had been finishing up her term in a local halfway house and doing volunteer work on behalf of the Memphis Center for Independent Living.

Bowers, who served several terms in the state House, had just won a special election to the state Senate and had barely been seated when she was arrested in May 2005 and charged with receiving money from FBI agents posing as computer entrepreneurs and promising them legislative favors. After a period of protesting her innocence, Bowers would later plead guilty to one count of bribery and receive a sentence of 16 months.

At the time of her arrest, Bowers was aserving as chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party but stepped down under pressure.

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