U.S. District Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan Tuesday sentenced former Tribune Co. executive Stephanie Pater to two years in prison, Meredith Rodriguez reports. Pater, whom former Tribune Co. owner Sam Zell appointed to her post in 2008, pleaded guilty in June to diverting $264,000 in real-estate commissions due to Tribune to a company she controlled.
The court issued a second arrest warrant for Pater in January after she missed several court appearances. “Miss Pater went into a catatonic state and didn’t move from her house,” Pater’s attorney John Legutki told the court, Rodriguez reports. “She did not flee. She did not hide.”