Alabama Man Sent to Prison by Judge's Goof Now Free

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama man who faced a five-year prison
term after a judge misread sentencing guidelines has received a new
ruling that allows him to avoid prison.

Patrick Lett left a federal courtroom in Mobile as a free man
Friday under the latest ruling from U.S. District Judge William
Steele.

Steele had sentenced the Army veteran to five years in prison
for drug possession in April 2006 because he thought guidelines
required it. He later amended the sentence to the 11 days Lett had
already served, but appeals courts rejected Steele's action.

Steele ruled Friday a U.S. Sentencing Commission decision gives
him newfound discretion to reduce the sentence.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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