Vancouver crime ring leaders sentence reduced

first_imgThe sentence for Fred James Engh, who admitted to operating a multistate retail theft crime ring, was reduced Wednesday by two years because his attorney miscalculated the defendant’s sentencing range.“It’s merely correcting an error,” said Clark County Superior Court Judge Suzan Clark. “The court’s intention was to give the highest sentence under the law … and the court was given incorrect information.”Engh’s prison sentence is now eight years.In an agreement with prosecutors, Engh, 31, of Vancouver, pleaded guilty June 26 to leading organized crime, money laundering and bail jumping. In exchange, Deputy Prosecutor Michelle Nisle agreed to dismiss 54 other felony charges related to the crime ring.Clark then sentenced Engh to the maximum sentence allowed under the law. In Engh’s signed guilty statement, his attorney, Josephine Townsend, wrote that the maximum sentence for the money laundering conviction was 120 months, or 10 years.In fact, Townsend said Wednesday, the maximum is eight years.Townsend and Nisle had jointly recommended a sentence of eight years. Clark, citing Engh’s lack of remorse, sentenced Engh to 10 years.“The court is not particularly impressed with your arrogance and with your kind of dodging the facts in this case,” Clark said at the time, according to a transcript. “This is … very serious, incredible impact on the community.”last_img read more


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