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Dollars for Deals Lawyers Going to Prison

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RICHLAND, Wash.- Two men who took bribes to help keep criminals out of jail are going to jail themselves.

Federal Judge Lonny Suko sentenced Tyler Morris and Jeffrey Finney to time in prison.

A former Kennewick assistant city attorney, Morris now faces 30 months in federal prison. 

His apparent accomplice, Kennewick defense attorney Finney faces18 months behind bars.  

The two recently plead guilty to skimming more than $160,000 from Kennewick's "Home Base" program that provided reduced or dropped charges for minor offenses in exchange for donations to the program.  

The judge ordered the two begin paying that money back within 30 days of their release from prison.  10% of their wages will be garnished to pay for that.  

Finney and Morris weren't taken into custody, they've been ordered to self-report to federal custody.

We tried talking to both sides today, neither would comment, saying the court's decision was enough.

Both gave up their rights to appeal in their plea agreements.