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Ex-Fort Laud Commissioner Cindi Hutchinson to change plea in potty case

Former Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Cindi Hutchinson appears that she will change her plea to guilty in her third-degree felony case.

Hutchinson filed for a change of plea hearing Feb. 27th and it is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. March 18th in Broward.

Hutchinson was charged in 2011 with multiple counts including unlawful compensation and official misconduct.

Prosecutors said that Hutchinson's handyman, developer Steve Goldstrom, did home repairs for her -- including installing a toilet and changing lightbulbs. In exchange, she supported his housing project. Hutchinson, a three-term city commissioner, was term limited out in 2009.

"We have had settlement discussions and there is going to be a change of plea...," said Hutchinson's attorney Bruce Udolf Tuesday. "It is going to be a recommended four-month jail sentence in the county jail."

Prosecutors are expected to drop some of the counts.

"She is anxious to put this behind her," Udolf said.  "She has been living with this a long time."

Ron Ishoy, spokesman for the Broward State Attorney, declined to comment.

Hutchinson had launched a bid for mayor in 2007 but dropped it in 2009 a few months before she was charged. In 2007, she switched her party affiliation from Republican to Democrat.





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