Disgraced St. Clair County judge begins prison term in Fla.

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by KMOV.com staff and Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on May 28, 2014 at 5:13 AM

Updated Thursday, May 29 at 6:15 AM

BELLEVILLE, Ill. -- A disgraced former Illinois drug court judge at the center of a courthouse drug scandal is now in a Florida prison to serve a two-year sentence on heroin and gun convictions.

Michael Cook arrived at a minimum security facility in Pensacola, Fla. on Wednesday.

The 43-year-old pleaded guilty in November to a misdemeanor heroin-possession charge and a felony count of having firearms while being a user of controlled substances. He was sentenced in March.

Cook resigned after he was charged last year, about two months after the March 2013 cocaine-overdose death of fellow judge Joe Christ. Christ died while the two were at the Cook family’s Illinois hunting cabin.

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