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Former Judge to Serve Sentence in Florida

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Booking photo of former St. Clair County Circuit Judge Michael Cook of Belleville.

Booking photo of former St. Clair County Circuit Judge Michael Cook of Belleville.

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PENSACOLA, Fl. (KMOX) - A disgraced former judge will spend the next two years at a prison facility in Florida.

One-time St. Clair County circuit judge Michael Cook was arrested and charged with possession of heroin and guns last year, shortly after the death of fellow judge Joe Christ.

Christ died of a cocaine overdose during an outing at a hunting lodge with Cook.

Cook has reported to the federal prison in Pensacola, Fl., where he will receive counseling for drug addiction.

Part of the fallout of Cook’s sentencing includes retrials in a pair of murder cases that he presided over while he was under federal investigation.

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