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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Convicted Sky Capital Defendants Face Life in Prison

The Sky Capital defendants, Ross Mandell and Adam Harrington, face life sentences as the government is requesting, after being found guilty earlier this week by a Manhattan federal jury.

The government's position on sentencing is contained in its post-trial motion to "remand" both Mandell and Harrington -- meaning to revoke their bail and have them confined pending a sentencing which the government is pushing to have occur as quickly as possible -- on the grounds that they are flight risks. (For the link, a PACER subscription, very inexpensive, is required and is worthwhile.)

The government contends that a sentence to be imposed under the advisory Federal Sentencing Guidelines range would, because of the monetary amount of the claimed fraud ($140 million), approximate a life sentence for the 54-year-old Mandell and 41-year-old Harrington.  Indeed, the government's motion states that the expected sentences will "effectively lead to them spending the majority of the rest of their lives in prison."

Meanwhile, defense motions for a new trial and judgment of acquittal should be forthcoming during August.  These motions are very rarely granted.


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