Steve Gonot, Former Deerfield Beach Commissioner, Denied New Trial

Steve Gonot, the former Deerfield Beach Commissioner convicted in May of stealing campaign funds and misconduct charges, was denied a new trial this morning.

Broward County Circuit Judge Barbara McCarthy denied Gonot's request, and maintained the scheduled sentencing for June 20.

Gonot, 54, was found guilty of felony grand theft for stealing $5,135 of his own campaign money, as well as misdemeanor charges of falsifying public records for the phony treasurer's report and official misconduct.

Deerfield Beach activist Chaz Stevens tells New Times he hears Gonot will receive three to five years in prison at his June 20 sentencing, whereas the charges bring a maximum prison sentence of 10 years.

Gonot remains free on bail, pending his June 20 sentencing.

Former Deerfield Beach Mayor Al Capellini will also be in a Broward court on June 20, for a status conference for his impending September trial for unlawful compensation -- a felony.

Sylvia Poitier, also a former Deerfield Beach commissioner, is scheduled to show up to court on Thursday for a calendar call before her impending trial on five misdemeanor counts of falsifying records.

Follow The Pulp on Facebook and on Twitter: @ThePulpBPB.

KEEP NEW TIMES BROWARD-PALM BEACH FREE... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Matthew Hendley
Contact: Matthew Hendley