Hon. John P. Cronan

‘The crime was serious. It had a real victim and must be punished.’

A federal district court judge in New York hands down a sentence — one year and one day — to Seth Andrew, who raised money used to purchase the Marlboro College campus by committing financial crimes

I will start by explaining the factors I've considered in arriving at Seth Andrew's sentence. First, as required, I've considered the advisory guidelines range, which I have determined to be 21 to 27 months' imprisonment.

The guidelines range is only one factor that I must consider in deciding the appropriate sentence. I am also required to consider the other factors, including the nature and circumstances of the offense and the history and characteristics of the defendant; the need for the sentence imposed to reflect the seriousness of the offense, to promote respect for the law, and to provide just punishment for the offense; the need for the sentence to afford adequate deterrence to criminal conduct, to protect the public from further crimes of the defendant, and to provide the defendant with needed education or vocational training, medical care, or other correctional treatment in the most effective manner.

Other factors include the kind of sentences available, the guidelines range, any pertinent policy statements, the need to avoid unwarranted sentencing disparities among defendants with similar records who have been found guilty of similar conduct, and the need to provide restitution to any victims of the offense.

I also must impose a sentence that is sufficient but no greater than necessary to comply with the purposes of sentencing. And I've given substantial thought and attention to each of those factors in arriving at today's sentence.

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