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charities and community service, but said his offense "goes to the very heart of the electoral process" and if the country can't have faith in that process "we cannot have faith in our democracy."
Gentile then painted Whittemore as a man who is generous, caring and a solid family man who has given to charities and supported organizations all his life.
Hicks said Whittemore could wait until Jan. 31, 2014 to turn himself into the Herlong Federal Correctional Institution near Susanville, Calif., so he can have time to shut down his law practice. Hicks also sentenced him to two years of supervised release and 100 hours of community service once he has completed his sentence.
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Prosecutor Myhre did not sway from his call for a prison term, even after Whittemore's emotional statement. He said Whittemore knowingly put his employees and family at risk when he decided to commit a felony.
Gentile spent much of the hearing arguing against many of the points that the prosecution and probation office used to support their call for a harsh punishment under the federal sentencing guidelines. Hicks said he can follow the guidelines, which consider the elements of the case, or chose a different sentence based on other factors, including the defendant's lifelong choices.
Hicks said Whittemore's lifelong achievements are a factor. Hicks said he has never received so many powerful letters supporting a defendant and said he admired Whittemore's commitment to his family.
"Harvey is the most generous person I know," she said.
Hicks ruled against many of Gentile's objections. He said Whittemore fought hard against the charges with dozens of motions, as recently as last Friday and the sentencing guidelines allowed him to consider whether the defendant takes responsibility.
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But the backdrop is the criminal offense, he said.
Gentile argued that the probation office's call for a higher guideline level based on the claim that Whittemore lied to the FBI should not stand because the jury deadlocked on that claim. He also said Whittemore should not be punished for refusing to plead guilty.
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A federal jury found Whittemore guilty in May of two counts of making illegal campaign contributions to Reid in 2007 and one count of causing the Reid campaign to file a false report with the Federal Elections Commission. The jury deadlocked on a fourth charge of lying to FBI agents investigating the case. Federal prosecutors did not refile that charge.
When Whittemore made his statement, he brought most of the standing room only courtroom to tears. He said he has tried to be a kind and decent man, and failed his own standards by committing a crime. He said the responsibility for his choices were his and he accepted the judge's decision.
Each of the three charges carried a maximum sentence of five years in prison, but the federal prosecutors and probation office recommended a 51 month term. Whittemore's lawyers said he had given much to the state and communities and deserved probation.
"The primary purpose of these laws is to limit the actuality or appearance of corruption resulting from large contributions," Hicks said. "The appearance of corruption from such a clear violation of the law . Attorney Steve Myhre stood by his call for a prison term, even after Whittemore's tearful plea.
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Whittemore lawyer Dominic Gentile, who had argued for probation, said he would file an appeal on Tuesday. He said he also planned to ask the judge to allow Whittemore to remain on bail until the appeal is decided. Whittemore declined comment as he walked from the federal courthouse with his arm around his wife, Annette.
"One of the most insidious things is that he brought other innocent people into the scheme, people who loved him and trusted him," Myhre said. "There is no doubt he is sad, but so is every defendant in every criminal case."
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"His good name has been tarnished and his privilege to practice law is in jeopardy," Gentile said. "He has been politically active since high school but now he is in fact a political leaper."
"No one is above the law," Hicks said. "The evidence is unmistakable. There simply must be a just punishment. I do not see this as a probation case."
Whittmore's younger sister, Ellen, who also is a lawyer told Hicks that the prosecution's claims that Whittemore was greedy for money and power were "ridiculous."
A smiling Harvey Whittemore and family members enter federal court in Reno Monday Sept. update:Calling the case "an incredibly criminal, intentional act," a federal judge on Monday sentenced fallen Nevada power broker Harvey Whittemore to two years in prison and fined the former multimillionaire $100,000 for using family and employees to make illegal campaign contributions to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. District Judge Larry Hicks for mercy.
Whittemore suffered through the entire case and his law practice was ruined, Gentile said, arguing those factors should also be considered.
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