Prosecutor Calls For "Meaningful Punishment" For Dyer, Brennan In $4.9 Million Swindle

Friday, September 22, 2017

Federal prosecutor James Brooks is calling for a "meaningful sentence" for Doug Dyer and James Brennan, who are charged in a $4.9 million swindle.

He rejected arguments that they should receive leniency due to their age and health problems.

They are set to be sentenced next Friday at 9 a.m. by Judge Travis McDonough.

Prosecutor Brooks said concerning Dyer, "As this Court is aware, there are thieves, and then there are thieves who steal from people whose trust they have gained. Likewise, there are thieves who steal to eat, and then there are thieves who steal to eat well.

"The defendants admittedly stole $4.9 million from their victims - well above the subsistence level. The sentencing factors call for a meaningful punishment in his case. The guidelines answer that call."

Of Brennan, he said, "The guidelines standardize sentences across the country. Title 18 U.S.C. 3553(a)(1)(A) requires a sentencing court to hand down sentences that promote respect for the law.

"The government submits that in Defendant Brennan’s case, a sentence that deviates from the guidelines for any of the reasons he offers would undermine that purpose. Accordingly, the government objects to the defendant’s motion for a variance and asks for a guideline sentence."

Their guideline range is 87 to 108 months in federal prison.

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