Convicted Springfield powerbroker William Cellini‘s sentencing has been delayed twice, on account of his health problems. Now his attorneys are asking that Cellini receive probation.
Cellini was convicted last November of plotting to extort a campaign donation for former Governor Rod Blagojevich.
Prosecutors argue he should get up to eight years in prison. Or if it’s less, they want at least what they call a “meaningful sentence of incarceration.” Cellini’s attorneys say that recommendation should be tossed because it’s based on charges for which Cellini was found “not guilty.” They’re arguing he should only get probation.
Cellini’s lawyers say the government’s unfairly taking aim at their client for refusing to take responsibility for his actions. Cellini’s spokesman and the U.S. Attorney’s office both declined to comment. The prosecutors’ sentencing memo says wiretaps of Cellini are indicative of his use of “his political clout to enrich himself and his allies.”
Cellini, who’s 77, has amassed a fortune through government contracts and dealings … from asphalt to real estate to gambling. He’s next scheduled to be in court in early October.