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BRF man gets 10 years in federal prison for bribery case

MADISON, Wisconsin (WXOW) - A hefty prison sentence for a Black River Falls man convicted in a multi-million dollar bribery case.

Timothy Whiteagle, 61, was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in federal prison.

In August he was convicted of bribing a Ho-Chunk legislator to use his position to help Whiteagle's clients get lucrative contracts with the Ho-Chunk casino and other tribal businesses.

Whiteagle was the last of four people convicted in the case.

Clarence Pettibone of Black River Falls was convicted of accepting a bribe.  He was sentenced to a five year federal prison term in July.

A Minnesota man, Brian Johnson, received a four month prison term for lying to federal agents during the investigation into the bribery charges.

Most recently, Deborah Atherton of Black River Falls was sentenced to four years and two months in federal prison on October 10 for her role in the scheme. 

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