Federal judge won't impose lengthy sentence on Abramoff figure

A federal judge won't be imposing a lengthy sentence on Kevin Ring, an associate of convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

After two trials, Ring was convicted of five felony counts. Federal prosecutors said he showered gifts on Congressional aides and Bush administration officials in hopes of benefiting his tribal clients, including the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

Since he refused to cooperate, prosecutors sought a sentence of 17 to 22 years, which would exceed the time served by all 20 other defendants combined.

But Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle said prosecutors can't punish Ring for going to trial. She indicated a sentence of three to five years is more reasonable, although she can depart upwards or downwards.

Ring is due to be sentenced on October 26.

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