A federal court in Knoxville today sentenced a former Roane County judge to 42 months in prison.
Former General Sessions Court Judge Thomas Alva Austin earlier pleaded guilty to extortion charges, saying his wife's affair with a woman made him distraught and led him to take kickbacks from two driving schools where he sent traffic offenders.
Federal District Court Judge Thomas Phillips pronounced sentence this morning.
Austin resigned after his arrest in January. He could have been sentenced to as much as 20 years in prison on the three federal charges.