Oregon City man avoids prison time because of restitution efforts, support

On Monday, an Oregon City man was sentenced in federal court to three years of probation after allegedly selling steroids to a police officer from Canby and a fitness equipment specialist. He had also been accused of insurance fraud.

The 39-year old man had previously pleaded guilty to one count of distributing anabolic steroids and one count of human growth hormone. The prosecutor in the case reportedly sought to put him in prison for one year, but the judge decided to spare the man the prison time because of strong support from family and co-workers, and because of the fact that he's employed full-time and has already begun to make restitution efforts for the insurance fraud.

The fraud conviction arose from an alleged cover-up involving the man's wife before they were married. He had apparently falsely reported the theft of her vehicle in 2007 after cutting out its leather seats and rear spoiler and burning the vehicle.

The stripped parts were allegedly sold on the Internet and the proceeds placed in the couple's joint checking account. Prosecutors said the motivation for the crime was that the couple was having financial troubles at the time and couldn't make mortgage payments. As part of his restitution, he is required to pay $38,963.92.

It may be obvious, but it is worth pointing out that criminal defense involves not only knowledge of the facts of the case, the relevant law and defenses available to the accused person, but also the ability to convince a judge to show mercy when it is appropriate to do so. In this case, the judge was persuaded to spare the man prison time largely because he saw the man's efforts to make things better, as well as the support he had. This decision will have a major impact on the man's life.

It is important for criminal defendants and even those who've been convicted of putting their best foot forward in court. Doing so will give them a greater possibility of achieving the best possible outcome in their case.


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