Kane was sentenced Monday to 10 to 23 months in jail for orchestrating an illegal news leak to damage a political enemy, capping a spectacular downfall for a woman once seen as one of the state's fastest-rising stars.
Former state Attorney General Kathleen Kane leaves court in handcuffs after her sentencing at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, Oct. 24, 2016.
Kane, 50, was both the first woman and first Democrat elected to that office when she defeated her Republican opponent in 2012 in a narrowly decided race.
In addition to about 30 letters of support submitted on behalf of Kane, four people testified as character witnesses in her defense, including former colleagues, a priest who quoted Jesus and Kane's 15-year-old son, Christopher who testified that "My mom is like my rock".
Her voice quavering, at times sobbing, and wiping tears from her eyes with a tissue, Kane earlier apologized to Pennsylvanians and told the judge, "I really don't care what happens to me". Kane's family was expected to post that bail later Monday evening.
Other witnesses detailed her work as a prosecutor and as attorney general.
"I feel sorry for them, that they have to go through this, but that is a decision you made and not this court", said Demchick-Alloy.
She alleged that judges, lawyers, and other public figures were trading it on state computers and two state Supreme Court justices even resigned as a outcome of her investigation.
Kane was found guilty this summer of leaking grand jury material to the press so she could embarrass a rival.
With an additional eight years of probation, Kane will be under court supervision for 10 years.
Shapiro, a Montgomery County commissioner running as the Democratic candidate for the post, said the sentencing demonstrates "no one is above the law".
Kathleen Kane at a court date last summer.
That's where the trouble started. Steele and Henry alleged Kane did so to exact "revenge" on a former state prosecutor with whom she was feuding.
In taking office, Ms. Kane inherited an undercover investigation begun three years before, when Corbett was attorney general. She also lied about the leak under oath. Gov. Tom Wolf, a York Democrat, was among those urging her to resign in 2015. District Attorney Kevin Steele states that the jail term was a long time coming. "We have rules that we have to abide by and there are no exceptions to that".
Demchick-Alloy said one of her considerations was the need for the sentence to serve as a deterrent to other public officials. Kane's college-age niece also testified to the help her aunt offered when she struggled with an eating disorder.
Kane, who was forced to step down from office upon her conviction, arrived without her normal escort of security officers for Monday's sentencing in a Montgomery County courtroom.
Kane says she doesn't want her two sons to join the vulnerable group of high-risk children with mothers in prison. The judge called Kane a political "neophyte" who failed to make the transition from campaigner to public servant after she took office.
"It's been a really hard two years", he said.
"Perhaps I deserve everything I get, but they don't", Kane said.
Chief among them was J. Whyatt Mondesire, the former NAACP president who was the subject of Kane's leak.