A federal judge has sentenced an Ottawa man to serve more than two years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty in 2008 to a charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
U.S. District Judge Kathryn Vratil on Wednesday sentenced Lewis B. Parsons II to serve 27 months in prison. He must turn himself in to authorities on July 1.
In April 2008 Parsons pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He said stole various items from retail stores and sold them.
Parsons alleged in his plea that in 2004 and 2005 he conspired with Carrie Neighbors of the Yellow House Store in Lawrence to sell the stolen items to the store and receive payment by check. Parsons alleged he obtained about $31,000 in proceeds.
Neighbors and her husband, Guy Neighbors, owners of the Yellow House, face 19 charges in a separate wire fraud case. Prosecutors accuse them of selling stolen goods from their secondhand store.
Since 2005 the couple have maintained their innocence and accused prosecutors and police of corruption in the case.