Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Former school superintendent petitions court

The government opposes the motion from former school superintendent Ronnie DeShon, who pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $844,000 from the Pattonsburg School District, for a downward departure.

Here is DeShon's motion for a downward departure, in which he petitions the court for a lighter sentence because he turned himself in and confessed to the crime, motivated by remorse and concern that his gambling had gotten out of control. Here is his subsequent motion containing suggestions in support of a downward departure.

Here is the government's response, filed Tuesday, in which the U.S. Attorney's Office argues that DeShon knew "his house of cards was collapsing, that discovery was not only
likely or imminent but had already occurred," and therefore shouldn't get any credit (a lighter sentence) for disclosing his theft.

For reporters covering this story, these motions contain some details that are being made public for the first time. A sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.