Ill. Official's 19-Year Sentence Too Harsh, 7th Circ. Told

Law360, Chicago (November 4, 2013, 5:15 PM EST) -- The former comptroller of Dixon, Ill., who admitted to pilfering the town's coffers of more than $53 million over two decades, asked the Seventh Circuit on Monday to overturn her 19-year prison sentence, claiming a lower court didn't justify imposing a sentence far above the federal guidelines range.

Rita Crundwell's sentence should be vacated because a federal judge failed to consider her cooperation in the case and improperly weighed other factors in departing from the guidelines, her attorney Paul Gaziano of the Federal Defender Program, said...
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