CINCINNATI (AP) — Defense attorneys say hiking the Appalachian Trial for six years as a fugitive put an embezzling Kentucky accountant on “the road to redemption.”
A sentencing memorandum filed Friday by federal public defenders for James T. Hammes (HAM’uhs) asks for a three-year prison sentence. That’s less than half of what the federal government is recommending.
U.S. District Judge Susan J. Dlott (duh-LAHT’) will sentence Hammes June 22. He pleaded guilty last year to wire fraud and agreed to pay back millions diverted from his employer, a Pepsi-Cola bottler.
The U.S. attorney’s office seeks 87 months, citing the $8.7 million Hammes embezzled and that he fled. He will be 54 when he’s sentenced.
His attorneys say he has no criminal past, is remorseful and has spent years contemplating his wrongdoing.