abc
QUICK LINKS:

Judge Denies Minn. Businessman Petters' Appeal

Updated: 12/05/2013 4:41 PM
Created: 12/05/2013 4:40 PM KSTP.com
By: Leslie Dyste

A federal judge has denied convicted Minnesota Ponzi schemer Tom Petters' appeal for a shorter sentence.
    
In a ruling issued Thursday, U.S. District Judge Richard Kyle said Petters "has tried to pull off one final con" by seeking a shorter sentence.
    
Petters was convicted in 2009 of running a $3.5 billion fraud scheme. He sought to have 20 years cut off his 50-year prison sentence.
    
At a hearing in October, Petters admitted his guilt. He said he would have accepted a 30-year plea deal but he was only told of the possible offer after he was sentenced.
    
But Kyle determined that Petters' attorneys repeatedly told him of the government's offer.
    
The judge wrote: "Petters' last-ditch attempt to escape just punishment for his crimes does not hold water."

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Tom Petters

Winter Weather Advisory

MN AREAS AFFECTED: Meeker; Wright
Expires: 4/17/2014 4:00 AM

Winter Weather Advisory

MN AREAS AFFECTED: Anoka; Washington
Expires: 4/17/2014 4:00 AM

Winter Storm Warning

WI AREAS AFFECTED: Polk
Expires: 4/17/2014 4:00 AM

Winter Weather Advisory

WI AREAS AFFECTED: St. Croix
Expires: 4/17/2014 4:00 AM

Minneapolis/St. Paul

Overcast
33°
42° | 28°
  • Feels like: 21° F
  • Wind: E 22mph
  • Humidity: 52%
  • Thu Mostly Cloudy
    42° | 29°
  • Fri Mix of sun and clouds
    50° | 32°
  • Sat Mainly cloudy and rainy
    54° | 38°
  • Sun Partly cloudy
    58° | 40°

Video

KSTP NEWS