Former Monroe justice sentenced to probation

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A former Monroe justice was sentenced to probation Wednesday after pleading guilty to federal charges that she lied about where she lived to keep her job.

Former Monroe Town Court Justice Lurlyn Winchester was looking at more than a year behind bars but was instead sentenced to two years of probation, including six months of home confinement.

Winchester pleaded guilty to lying on a mortgage application to buy a condo in Orange County to fulfill her residency, and then concocting a scheme that included using fake documents to convince authorities she moved out of her New City home into Orange County.

Winchester was emotional in court, begging for leniency and saying she was sorry for what she did.

The judge said her actions were serious but gave her a light sentence because he didn't think the crime was indicative of how she lived her life.

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