Mildred Fernandez stands with attorney Anthony Suarez after entering no-contest pleas to some charges including two felonies before Judge C. Jeffery Arnold, on Wednesday. (Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda, Orlando Sentinel)
Her fall from grace is stunning.
In early 2010, Mildred Fernandez was poised to make history — a female, a Puerto Rican, a Republican – running for Orange County mayor. On Wednesday, she accepted the likelihood of spending nearly two years in prison for her behavior as county commissioner.
In a surprise move, Fernandez entered no contest pleas to many charges in her public-corruption case — including two felonies — just before opening statements in her trial were to begin. Several serious charges against her will be dismissed, but that won't eliminate the very real prospect of prison time