Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Watch List: Aikens to Go Home?

According to this report, Willie Mays Aikens has moved for an order reducing his sentence now that new guidelines by the U.S. Sentencing Commission have taken effect. Aikens was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison in 1994 for distribution of crack. An additional 5 years were added when a gun was found in his home. But the stipulation recently filed in federal court in Kansas City shows agreement between Aikens’ attorney and the government that the appropriate sentence under the new guidelines should be no more than 121 months, in addition to his 5-year consecutive sentence for the gun. That could make the 53-year-old Aikens eligible for immediate release. Two attempts at a presidential pardon have been declined by Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

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