Archive for Tuesday, April 12, 2011

KU ticket felons await specific prison assignments

Pictured from left are Charlette Blubaugh, Tom Blubaugh, Rodney Jones, Ben Kirtland and Kassie Liebsch.

Pictured from left are Charlette Blubaugh, Tom Blubaugh, Rodney Jones, Ben Kirtland and Kassie Liebsch.

April 12, 2011


Kassie Liebsch wants to be near her parents in Wisconsin.

Rodney Jones would prefer to spend the next few years in nearby Leavenworth.

Thomas Blubaugh hasn’t indicated a preference.

Just where the three co-conspirators in the KU tickets scandal will be incarcerated depends on the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. Two others are still awaiting sentencing.

“Often the defense attorney or the inmate will ask for a specific designation for whatever reason,” said Chris Burke, a spokesman for the bureau in Washington, D.C. “It is just a recommendation. We try to comply with those whenever we can, but we can’t always do it.”

Absent appeals, Liebsch, Jones and Blubaugh each will be responsible for surrendering — whether that’s to the bureau, to the U.S. Marshal’s Service or perhaps even to a specific institution — at an as-yet-unannounced time and date.

The bureau determines where, exactly, an inmate will be incarcerated after receiving documentation from the judge in the case, Burke said. The bureau does not disclose where or when an inmate will report, both for security and privacy reasons.

Liebsch, a former systems analyst at Kansas Athletics Inc. who served less than a year as leader of the department’s ticket office, has asked to be assigned to a center near her parents in Wisconsin. She made the request during her sentencing hearing in Wichita, as her parents sat in the back row of the gallery.

She is scheduled to spend 37 months in prison, a total that could be reduced by 15 percent for good behavior. The bureau has two camps for minimum-security female inmates in Illinois.

“I hope they can find a place,” U.S. District Judge Wesley Brown told Liebsch, who was crying during her hearing. “Good luck and take care.”

Jones, former assistant athletics director for the Williams Fund, asked Brown to help him be assigned to the federal prison camp in Leavenworth. That’s so that he could be close to friends, family and other supporters during his 46-month sentence, which could be shortened by nearly seven months for good behavior.

The camp for minimum-security inmates is the same place where NFL quarterback Michael Vick was incarcerated for his conviction on animal-abuse charges.

Brown reminded Jones that he actually has no control over prison assignments, saying that such duties were the responsibility solely of the Bureau of Prisons.

“It’s their job,” Brown told Jones and his attorney.

Blubaugh, a former paid consultant to Kansas Athletics, did not request a specific prison assignment. He was sentenced Monday to spend 46 months in federal custody.

Blubaugh’s wife, Charlette Blubaugh — former leader of the ticket office — is scheduled for sentencing Thursday in Wichita. Sentencing for Ben Kirtland, former associate athletics director for development, is set for May 12.

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KEITHMILES05 7 years, 2 months ago

The audacity of these criminals to think they deserve any say where they will be serving time. They should actually be sent as far away from any family and friends as possible. They are to serve time,not be on a some exotic vacation.

MyName 7 years, 2 months ago

What a stupid comment. Just let people serve their debt to society and move on. It's not like they stole money from your wallet or anything. And if putting them somewhere near family or friends is more likely to keep them well behaved and lowers the recidivism rate, then it's okay by me.

pocket_of_sunshine 7 years, 2 months ago

What a rude reply. And can you please tell me where you got your informaiton in regards to lowering the recidivism rate by being close to family?

pocket_of_sunshine 7 years, 2 months ago

Name calling in a public forum...cute. So you agree that a person whos has been convicted of a crime should have the ability to choose to be close to families? I agree that they should be allowed to pay their debt to society, but I don't believe that it should be a convenience for them to do so.

SELF_RESPECT 7 years, 2 months ago

Well there are several people who suffered by losing their jobs at the Athletic Department that are watching with great interest that these individuals get what is coming to them. They lied about employees that they wanted removed so they could put there plan in place. Today there are still some individuals left at the Athletic Department that know exactly what I refer to. (DD human resource office) They don't want to get involved or they will lose there job. Thank you so much for making your statement that has allowed me the opportunity to say my peace. Hope you aren't put in the position; you try to be the whistle blower and you are crucified. Well the Athletic Department has suffered by these selfish individuals and I am very close to at least 4 others who are their victims. Charlette Blubaugh is a liar, a bully, and now a FELON. What goes around comes around.

SELF_RESPECT 7 years, 2 months ago

Well said!!! I anxiously wait to read what CB has for an excuse tomorrow. In her high school days she tried to commit suicide to get out of the disgrace of something she was accused of. I am only relaying what I heard first hand........was she lying or did she really? one way or the other manipulation

somedude20 7 years, 2 months ago

looking to do a bad thing so they would have something to confess?

Bob Forer 7 years, 2 months ago

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johnnymercer 7 years, 2 months ago

Sentencing is so screwy in the criminal justice system. I just spent 2 hours combing over the Kansas sexual offender database (a child molester just moved in next to me, yeah!) and was amazed to see some criminals getting between a few months and 3.5 years on average for those in my area.

I guess it's just hard to swallow that these scammers are getting almost 3 or 4 years. Probably right, but why aren't we locking up sexual or violent criminals longer than our white collar thieves?

HogJiver 7 years, 2 months ago

Lew is a scumbag and should be run out of town.

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