Judge Plans Hearing On Ex-KU Consultant's Sentence

By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ A federal judge wants to hear more evidence before he rules on a request by a former consultant for the University of Kansas who is seeking to have his sentence shortened in a ticket scalping conspiracy.

U.S. District Judge Monti Belot on Monday ordered U.S. Marshals to bring Thomas Ray Blubaugh back to Kansas from Oklahoma, where he's serving his sentence. The hearing date will be set after Blubaugh returns.

Blubaugh pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to defraud the United States through wire fraud, tax obstruction and interstate transportation of stolen property. He's seeking to reduce his 46-month prison sentence to 33 months. He claims the court improperly considered the value of so-called deadwood tickets he had hidden. He also claims ineffective counsel.

Prosecutors oppose the request.

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