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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Ind. Courts - "Fake letters supporting ex-Gary cop sent to judge, prosecutors claim"

Teresa Auch Schultz has the story today in the Gary Post Tribune. The stroy begins:

A former Gary police officer sent fake letters of support to help convince a federal judge to give him a lenient sentence, federal attorneys claim.

A new sentencing memorandum, filed Friday in the U.S. District Court, does not say how many of the letters supporting David Finley were faked or how they were faked, but it does say that federal attorneys believe this is the first time a defendant has done this in the Northern Indiana district.

Later in the story:
Federal attorneys argue that because Finley lied about the letters, he should lose credit for accepting responsibility and see his sentenced increased for obstruction justice. They ask that he serve 42 months in prison, instead of the 24 to 30 months federal sentencing guidelines recommend.

“Finley committed another serious crime during the sentencing process,” the filing says. “The court should consider that if the brazen attempt to mitigate his criminal behavior had been prosecuted, a consecutive sentence would have to be imposed.”

Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 20, 2013 09:16 AM
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