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July 19, 2007

Seventh Circuit affirms 30-year sentence for duck hunting

The title of this post is a misleading description of the Seventh Circuit's sentencing work today US v. Vitrano, No. 06-1512 (7th Cir. July 19, 2007) (available here), but the reality is not that far off. 

As the court explained, "Thomas Vitrano pleaded guilty to one count of possessing a firearm as a felon and one count of possessing a firearm while subject to a domestic abuse injunction [based on possession of] a Remington 870 shotgun that Vitrano had taken with him to go duck hunting."   But, after Vitriano was ultimately classified as a career offender, the government presented evidence at sentencing that "he sent multiple functioning pipe bombs disguised as a birthday present to his former girlfriend's house." 

Based on that evidence, plus other evidence of uncharged violent behavior, the district judge imposed an above-guideline sentence of 30 years' imprisonment.  Over various challenges, the Seventh Circuit today affirms that sentence.

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I'm so happy that Thomas Vitrano did not get the recognition he so much would of desired, for the attempted murder charge with the pipe bombs but instead will always be remembered as the man with a felon that went to jail for 30 years for duck hunting...ha ha ha...hope you rot in jail, Vito.

Posted by: patricia | Nov 22, 2010 12:58:43 AM

Did you have an O?

Posted by: patricia | Nov 22, 2010 12:59:57 AM

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