July 12, 2010

Ortloff sentencing delayed for fifth time until August 10 2010

Former Assemblyman and New York Parole Commissioner Chris Ortloff's sentencing on child sex charges has been delayed for a fifth time.

Ortloff was due for sentencing on July 13, but according to U.S. Assistant District Attorney Thomas Spina, the proceedings have been pushed back until 2:30 p.m. August 10 in Albany.

This delay, as with the others, was granted to allow the defense more time to address issues with the pre-sentencing report, which has an impact on the terms and length of sentencing. Spina said the defense plans to submit letters asking for a lighter sentence.

Ortloff could be sentenced to a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life, plus a $250,000 fine. He will receive a taxpayers-funded $53,136.00 yearly pension for the rest of his life, even while in prison, guaranteed under the state Constitution.

Update August 4th:

"Federal prosecutors are recommending a prison sentence of between 15 years and eight months and 19 years and seven months for former North Country Assemblyman Chris Ortloff.

The time range is based on federal sentencing guidelines for his sex crime with credit for his cooperation with authorities.

Ortloff's defense wants him sentenced to the 10-year minimum, arguing that his cooperation, history of public service, continued support from people who knew him and other factors mean the guidelines would result in too severe of a sentence in his case."

Full story by the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.

See also:
Ortloff sentencing tomorrow (North Country Public Radio News, August 9 2010)
Ortloff gives names in hopes of reducing prison time (Press Republican, August 5 2010)
Ortloff prison debate: Feds want 15-20 years; defense seeks 10 (Adirondack Daily Enterprise, August 4 2010)
Ex-Assemblyman's computer files aided in sex probe (Times Union, August 4 2010)
Sentencing for Ortloff still on for Aug. 10 (Adirondack Daily Enterprise, July 29 2010)
Ortloff sentencing delayed yet again (Times Union Blog, July 12 2010)
Another delay in Ortloff sentencing (Press Republican, July 10 2010)
Both sides want Ortloff’s sentencing delayed a month (Adirondack Daily Enterprise, June 25 2010)