Sentencing for ex-Walker aide postponed again

Woman may not serve time due to plea agreement
Sentencing for ex-Walker aide postponed again

Sentencing has been postponed for a second time for an aide to Gov. Scott Walker when he was Milwaukee County executive.

Darlene J. Wink, 61, pleaded guilty in February to two misdemeanor charges. She was to be sentenced Tuesday, but the judge once again granted a prosecutor’s request to push the sentencing back, this time until Nov. 21.

The counts carry a maximum combined penalty of one year in prison and a $2,000 fine. However, as part of the plea agreement, prosecutors have agreed not to recommend prison time.

Wink was convicted of working on a political campaign on county time.

As part of Wink’s plea deal, she agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in ongoing investigations of other associates close to now-Gov. Walker. Assistant district attorney Bruce Landgraf told the judge two investigations are still in progress.

Defense attorney Peter Wolff said his client is eager to have the matter closed, but she will continue to cooperate.

Five other Walker aides and associates have also been charged, on allegations ranging from embezzlement to campaigning on county time. Walker hasn’t been charged.