Judge Hands Fastow Lenient Sentence

Law360, New York (September 26, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Former Enron Corp. executive Andrew Fastow was sentenced to six years in prison Tuesday, after the judge in the case said he had been persecuted enough for the demise of the energy company.

As part of his plea in 2004, Fastow had agreed to serve a maximum of 10 years. But the Houston Chronicle reported that Judge Kenneth Hoyt said he handed down a lighter sentence because Fastow had assisted shareholders and become a scapegoat, and because his family had suffered.

"Prosecution is necessary, but persecution...
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