Shirley Huntley would not speak to to reporters after her sentencing Thursday, but in court, she made a brief statement of apology, taking full responsibility for her actions.
Going outside of federal sentencing guidelines, which called for 18 to 24 months in prison, the judge sentenced Huntley to one year and one day and ordered her to repay the nearly $88,000 she admitted to stealing in a guilty plea, plus a $100 fine.
Despite her cooperation, the prosecutors declined to enter an agreement with Huntley because they found much of the information she provided to be "false, implausible and inconsistent."
In a passionate plea for leniency during the sentencing, Huntley's attorney told the judge that Huntley cooperated fully with the government and, as a result, the family has faced threats in their community. Huntley's husband told the judge that he was accosted this week outside a supermarket and warned that he would be "sorry" for his wife's cooperation.
Huntley's attorney went on to say that the former senator knew about a culture of corruption in Albany, and even claimed that bags of money were brought up in the state Senate elevators of the Capitol building.
The attorney said Huntley warned Governor Andrew Cuomo about pervasive corruption, and faced threats from current state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, whom she also accused of corruption.