Former Palestine City Tax Assessor/Collector Vickie Wesson, who was found guilty of bribery last month, will be sentenced Monday by a visiting judge at the Anderson County Courthouse.

On March 16, an Anderson County jury deliberated for approximately 90 minutes before finding the 46-year-old Wesson guilty of bribery.

Wesson, who was employed by the City of Palestine for 20 years prior to her January 2004 resignation, had requested that the court — rather than the jury — assess her punishment.

Visiting Judge Jerry Calhoon, who presided over last month's trial, is expected to assess Wesson's sentence during a hearing scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. Monday. Following the woman's conviction last month, the judge ordered a pre-sentencing investigation.

The second-degree felony is punishable by two-to-20 years in prison and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

If the court, however, determines that Wesson has not previously been convicted of a felony, she would be eligible for probation.

Throughout last month's trial, the state alleged that Wesson accepted $1,000 as a benefit from 75-year-old Glinnis "Utah" Thompson on March 7, 2002 after making two adjustments totaling almost $15,400 to the man's city utility accounts on the same day.

Testimony during the trial showed that Thompson owns multiple pieces of property throughout the City of Palestine and Anderson County and also has multiple utility accounts with the city.

Thompson has also been indicted on a bribery charge in relation to the same incident, but has yet to be tried. He did not testify during Wesson's trial.

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