Friday, October 13, 2006

Dixon Gets the Minimum: 5 years, 3 Months

Posted By on Fri, Oct 13, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Though a dramatic day in the courtroom of U.S. District Judge Jon McCalla led many observers to believe that convicted Tennessee Waltz defendant Roscoe Dixon would have the book thrown at him, what he finally got was only the minimum chapter-and-verse sentence prescribed by federal guidelines. Judge McCalla declined to accept defense objections to the government's main points -- among them that Dixon was an elected official and therefore a role model and that he had not expressed the proper degree of contrition -- but McCalla agreed with Dixon's several character witnesses that the former senator retained the capacity to perform good service for the community. Dixon will remain at liberty for 40 to 60 days, pending an expected appeal of both his guilty verdict and his sentence, said his attorney, Coleman Garrett.

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