Near Record Sentence for Texas Attorney

A Texas attorney was convicted by a jury of engaging in an international money laundering conspiracy.  He was sentenced Monday, October 16, 2017 to 25 years imprisonment.  His female business partner was sentenced to a record 40 years.  According to U.S. Sentencing Commission data, between 2006 and 2016 there were 3,215 defendants convicted by trial and sentenced under 2B1.1 (the fraud Guidelines) in Criminal History Category I.  The average sentence was 56 months and the median 36 months.  A 25-year sentence was in the 98.5th percentile, meaning it was greater than 98.5% of the 3,215 sentences.  A 40-year sentence constitutes a record sentence for a female for this group of offenders. A DOJ press release about the case may be found here.

Mark Allenbaugh serves as President and Chief Research Officer of, Inc.. He is a former staff attorney for the U.S. Sentencing Commission, and a co-editor of "Sentencing, Sanctions, and Corrections: Federal and State Law, Policy, and Practice" (2nd ed., Foundation Press, 2002). Mark is widely regarded as a national expert in Federal sentencing guidelines, analysis and strategy.

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