In this image reviewed by the U.S. Military, a bird perches on barbed wire fence at the Camp Delta detention compound, which has housed foreign prisoners since 2002, at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba, June 6, 2008. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday, June 12, 2008, that foreign terrorism suspects held at Guantanamo Bay have rights under the Constitution to challenge their detention in U.S. civilian courts. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
ENVER (AP) _
It was the third time the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had
considered a sentence for David Wittig, the Topeka-based utility's
former chief executive officer. The three-judge panel rejected
earlier sentences of 51 and 60 months as too harsh.
But it ruled on Tuesday that while the 24-month term was above
the six months it had suggested, it believed U.S. District Judge
Julie Robinson provided justification for the longer sentence.
Wittig was convicted in 2003 of lending $1.5 million to former
Topeka bank president Clinton Odell Weidner II, then helping him
hide the transaction from bank and federal officials.
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