Sheriff George was the longest serving sheriff in U.S. history until his resignation Monday, February 8, 2016 as part of a plea agreement.

KANSAS CITY, Mo.- This afternoon, the former longest-tenured sheriff in the state of Missouri, Wallace Newman George Jr., 70, was sentenced today in federal court to 9 months in prison.

George plead guilty last year to stealing more than $75,000 in public funds. During the sentencing George’s acceptance of responsibility was called into question after a letter he wrote in February of 2016 to the community attempting to remove himself from responsibility.

Although on March 8, 2016, he penned another letter and at the end George stated, “I am embarrassed but I have on one to blame but myself. I entered a plea of of guilty because I am guilty and to accept responsibility for my actions. I intend to accept my punishment whatever it may be.”

According to filed court documents , George along with his counsel respectfully suggested a sentence of 6 months incarceration to be followed by up to 3 years of supervised release. Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, filed a memorandum requesting a 12 month sentence for George followed by three years’ supervised release.

No additional fine was imposed by the court after George paid full resitution prior to the sentencing, other than a $100 fee for special assessment. George will be granted a 45-day period to surrender himself for incarceration, no later than 2 p.m. on March 24, 2017. George has 14 days in which he can appeal the sentence.