Archive for Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Lawrence developer set to be sentenced Thursday in Junction City bribery case

April 21, 2010


David Freeman doesn’t want to go to prison, arguing that his cooperation with federal prosecutors on a bribery case should win him leniency at his sentencing Thursday in Topeka.

Freeman, who pleaded guilty in June to conspiring to commit bank fraud — all in connection with an expected building boom in Junction City that never materialized — is scheduled to be sentenced at 9:30 a.m. by U.S. District Judge Richard Rogers.

A pre-sentence report recommends that Freeman receive anywhere from 33 to 41 months in prison, and federal prosecutors plan to recommend that the judge consider a sentence that ranges from 18 to 24 months, said Carl Cornwell, Freeman’s attorney.

But Cornwell argues that Freeman shouldn’t have to spend time behind bars.

Among his reasons is the sentence for former Junction City Mayor Mick Wunder, who had been convicted at trial for accepting bribes from Freeman. Wunder this week reported for a sentence of two years in prison, which is below the 63 to 78 months that had been recommended.

While Wunder never admitted his guilt and “wasted valuable court time,” Cornwell said, Freeman — a Lawrence developer who had been seeking and ultimately secured approval for building contracts worth $12 million — readily admitted his role in the crimes and cooperated with prosecutors, even before formal charges had been filed.

“He … has paid a huge personal price for those transgressions,” Cornwell said in a motion seeking probation. “His family has suffered. He and they have been humiliated, harassed and degraded in the city of Lawrence where they reside.

“He did, however, try to atone for his crimes by doing the right thing. … (T)here is no reason to send him to penitentiary.”


mudd 7 years, 11 months ago

I don't think you know what you are talking about, but talk away, like you know these people.

he_who_knows_all 7 years, 11 months ago

I'm hoping that part of his sentence will be that he never wears cologne again.

walleyefishn 7 years, 11 months ago

His fammily has suffered . Give me a break . Mr Freeman you have made your family suffer.You will never learn i don't think jail time will help you . this is not your first time run in with the law . please take your family if they will follow and get out of lawrence you are stinking it up.

lgreen17 7 years, 11 months ago

Everyone who is guilty of a crime is humiliated. Humiliation isn't punishment for a crime. If he had been selling drugs to another adult he'd do plenty of time...bribing public officials ought to be a crime too!

Richard Heckler 7 years, 11 months ago

Was Freeman in this alone?

Does this man have the big bucks to run a fraudulent effort?

Are there more stones that could be uncovered still yet?

Richard Heckler 7 years, 11 months ago

Rumors have it Mr. Freeman did not go this alone. Then again Freeman is the only one who knows this.

His family will not recognize him after spending time behind bars. Freeman will not be the same person and his children will unfortunately notice the change.

Is this worth it Mr. Freeman?

Steve Bunch 7 years, 11 months ago

What I find curious is that the LJW gave this story--which is really nothing more than a public appeal for leniency, an attempt to bring public opinion to sway the judge--such a prominent place in this morning's paper. The story is certainly not news, more like an advertorial.

jaberwaky 7 years, 11 months ago

Running a quick check of his property holdings through Douglas County, he owns a few million in property, and a million and three hundred thousand dollar home. Doesn't look like he has suffered to much from ill gotten gains!!!

Hawkman 7 years, 11 months ago

Throw him in prison. He is a crook and a liar. He should stay there a very long time.

BobtheBuilder 7 years, 11 months ago

He gets 18 months in prison and he is the ringleader of corruption. He was always trying to screw subs out of their money and has supposedly been providing drugs to the subs in Lawrence for a long time. He deserves more time than 18 months.

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