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Posted: Friday, May 11, 2018 12:00 am | Updated: 3:24 pm, Sat May 12, 2018.

   Nearly five years after his arrest on corruption charges, former Homestead Mayor Steve Bateman surrendered to the court this week and was booked into jail.

   Bateman, 63, has been free on appeals since his original conviction and has as recently as last week appealed to the court again asking for house arrest instead of jail time. That decision is still being made and Bateman will be brought in front of that judge next week to learn his fate.

   This latest attempt at leniency regarded the death of his wife and the fact that he is now the only parent caring for his adult son diagnosed with autism.

The judge in this case can send Bateman to jail to serve his original 22-month

sentence or confine him to his home on ‘house-arrest’. Additional community

service could be handed down.

   Many have wondered why after his original conviction Bateman was able to remain free. His legal team made multiple appeals of the original conviction, to both the Miami appeals court and the Florida Supreme Court, and managed to prolong his freedom during that process.

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