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Former high school art teacher gets suspended sentence in drug case
Assistant Hillsborough County Attorney Michael Valentine had argued for a 12-month sentence in the House of Corrections, to be followed by two years of probation and a fine of $400, equal to the money she received in rent from the drug dealer using her home.
“This was a crime of greed,” said Valentine, because Doane was paying Tagalakis $100 a week to rent the room. Valentine said a $400 fine would be: “equivalent to her ill-gotten gains.”
“It’s a terrible lesson and Lisa continues to live it,” said Prieto, who said Tagalakis also has serious health issues.
He expects her to achieve her goal of opening an art studio.
Although she is now a convicted felon, said Prieto, he and she will be back before Abramson in seven or eight years seeking to have the conviction annulled.
“It was a good letter,” she said.
Tagalakis, who was the only defense witness at the trial and at sentencing, told Abramson: “I’ve lost a lot.” She said the last thing she wants is to be separated from her children and said what she wrote in the letter “is from my heart.”
Doane was convicted in March of drug sales and sentenced to 10 to 40 years in prison as a career criminal. White pleaded guilty to three felony charges and Abramson gave him suspended sentences, with reviews every 90 days to ensure he is complying with programs at the Veterans Administration, and doing community service
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