April 22, 2009

Ortloff sentencing delayed until August 11th 2009

Former NYS Parole Board Commissioner Chris Ortloff's sentencing has been delayed and is now scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on August 11th at the federal courthouse in Albany. In the meantime, the former assemblyman's bail will be revoked and he will begin serving time pending his sentencing. Ortloff has been free on conditions and a $100,000 bond since late December last year, when he pleaded guilty to a single count of online enticement of a minor.

See Jail time for Ortloff to begin Thursday: sentencing delayed from this week until August (Adirondack Daily Enterprise, April 22 2009) for the full story.

From the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, quoting Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Spina:

"The minimum sentence for Ortloff's charges is 10 years' imprisonment with a maximum of life, plus a $250,000 fine. Spina said federal prisoners are "typically eligible for 50 days of good time a year if they comply with all the programs."

Additionally, Spina said, they are sometimes released to a halfway house four months before the end of their sentence to help their reintegration into the community. Following this, if Ortloff is sentenced to the 10-year minimum, he would have to serve more than eight years before he could be released."

The authors of the article note that Chris Ortloff was paid $101,600 a year on the Parole Board and will continue to be paid $53,136 a year for the rest of his life, even in prison. This pension is guaranteed by New York State's Constitution.

See also:
Ortloff sentencing delayed to August (Press Republican, April 21 2009)
Ortloff starts sentence for trying to seduce children (Albany Times Union, April 23 2009)
Ortloff is in custody to await sentencing later this year (Times Union Capitol Confidential Blog, April 23 2009)