But Peterson had admitted in a separate December civil settlement agreement with the state Fair Political Practices Commission that he had indeed started siphoning campaign funds for personal use in 2011.
Peterson, who has officially retired since his conviction, will turn 59 in August.
When people see you they see your conviction because many folks in America will never let you forget that you committed a crime.
Last month, Peterson pleaded no contest to a July 2015 perjury count.
Ex-felons on the other hand suffer for a lifetime for decisions that they made in the spur of the moment.
Some people understand the dynamics associated with persons who struggle daily to regain their respect and dignity in their communities because they were previously convicted of a felony.
Then I found out via a mutual friend that he had been in prison! I confided in a few close friends, most of them warned me to steer clear, told me I’d made the right decision.
Some things he’d said then made sense; He had no passport! But I couldn’t sleep for a week, I tossed and turned and felt so unsettled.