Prosecutors to seek more prison time for Fumo

PHILADELPHIA - October 18, 2011

Saying a stiffer sentence "is essential to punish Fumo for his persistent, decades-long crimes; to assure respect for the law; and to deter others," government prosecutors outlined in a memorandum the case they will present November 9.

Read the prosecution's full memorandum here.

A jury in 2009 convicted Fumo of defrauding the state Senate, a museum and a nonprofit of millions by using their staff and resources to fund his lavish lifestyle. He had been a wealthy Democratic power broker during his 30-year state Senate career.

An appeals court ruled that Sr. U.S. District Judge Ronald Buckwalter had ignored more than $1.5 million in losses and made other mistakes in calculating Fumo's sentence.

Prosecutors believe the guideline range for Fumo's fraud is 18 to 21 years.

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