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August 31, 2006

Significant variance for former Virginia mayor

As detailed in news stories here and here and here, former Lynchburg Mayor Carl Hutcherson, who was "convicted in May of raiding his church's charity to pay his bills," faced a guideline sentencing range of 37-46 months.  But yesterday US District Judge James Turk "instead sentenced Hutcherson to 36 months of probation and six months of house arrest, and ordered him to perform 200 hours of community service."  According to one story, "Turk said Hutcherson has a history of honorable public service and could be a productive member of society again.  He also pointed to the defendant's model behavior on pre-trial release and said he believes his sentence will send a strong message."

All three press stories linked above provide slightly different accounts of the sentencing proceeding and notable quotes from various interested parties.  This is my favorite passage from one of the stories:

"We prosecute the case and the judge judges the case, so we respect his judgment," said prosecutor Tom Bondurant.  However, within hours of the sentencing, Bondurant had filed a notice of appeal to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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