PASCAGOULA -- Former state Sen. Tommy Robertson is a broken man, says his attorney and lifelong friend Jimmy Heidelberg.
Robertson was scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday in Circuit Court for embezzling $379,000 from construction loan proceeds he held in trust as board attorney for Singing River Federal Credit Union. A scheduling conflict delayed sentencing.
Robertson, who surrendered his law license after he was charged, is working in Texas. He had repaid $14,000 to $15,000 of the money by the time he pleaded guilty in December to one of five embezzlement charges originally filed against him. He is accused of embezzling a total of $484,000 of the loan money in April 2013.
Heidelberg said Robertson no longer owns a house or car. He voluntarily surrendered his law license and filed for bankruptcy. The credit union sued him for the money.
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"He's about as broken down as a person can get," Heidelberg said. "It's a terrible fall from grace."
Robertson served as a state senator from 1992 through 2007, when he lost his re-election race in the Republican primary.
During his tenure, he was convicted three times on DUI charges -- in 1997, 2004 and 2008.
He has long fought an alcohol addiction, Heidelberg said, but is in a recovery program, regularly attends meetings and is staying sober.
Robertson faces up to 10 years in prison for embezzlement. No new court date was available.