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May 16, 2006

Update on out-of-this-world federal sentencing

As previewed here last week, Monday was sentencing day for Max Ary, the former director of the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center who stole artifacts from the museum, including data tapes from the Apollo 15 mission, spacesuit components, and items carried into space by astronauts.  Articles here and here report on Ary's sentencing, and this piece provides lots of details on the sentencing particulars:

The judge placed Ary's convictions, combined with a non-criminal history, on Offense Level 22 of the federal sentencing guideline grid.  Imprisonment could range from 41 months to 51 months, according to the grid....  Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra Barnett urged 51 months in prison....  Defense attorney Thompson said [that] he preferred probation, not prison, for his client.  At worst, one year of incarceration, Thompson suggested.   

Those arguments apparently swayed [Judge] Marten's decision. "I think 41 months is harsh," Marten said. "I can't say that it's completely unfair." He departed — slightly — from the grid, subtracting five months and settling on three years.  Marten said sentencing is not a time for vengeance or retribution. "It's a time to account for what has been done," he said. 

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My best friend was sentenced to 15 years for bank robbery back in 1998 and it was his first offense ever... He got scared and took the deal they offered and there were many enhancements that were added on. I believe that his sentence was extremely harsh and he is a victim of the system. He has no criminal background and was under financial hardships from a work injury and divorce. He was a law abiding person in the community but got caught up in a lame brain idea from a friend and acted on impulse and desperation. I know he's not a menace to society and is in grave danger if he is kept in the prison system any longer.

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