Crundwell's attorney asks judge for leniency - – Rockford’s News Leader

Crundwell's attorney asks judge for leniency

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Rita Crundwell's attorney is asking a judge to be lenient on the former Dixon comptroller during her sentencing for wire fraud next Thursday.

Crundwell pleaded guilty to stealing over $53 million from the City of Dixon between 1990 and 2012. She has been charged with a felony count of wire fraud, which holds a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, but guidelines taking into account Crundwell's lack of criminal history and acceptance of responsibility for her actions puts the possible sentence at 13 to 16 years.

Her attorney, public defender Paul Gaziano, is asking the judge for a sentence at the lower end of that range, but the government is arguing that she should be sentenced above those guidelines.

According to Gaziano, because of Crundwell's age of 60, the maximum sentence of 20 years would be equal to life in prison.

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