Sunday, September 20, 2009
Ohlsen sentencing moved to Oct. 2
Sentencing for Milton Ohlsen, the criminal whose activities started in motion the downfall of Sen. Jeff Smith, D-St. Louis, and Rep. Steve Brown, D-St. Louis, has been rescheduled to Oct. 2, according to documents filed Friday in U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.
Sentencing was originally set for Sept. 23, but was pushed back at the government's request due to a scheduling conflict. Ohlsen pleaded guilty to bank fraud and weapons charges.
In documents filed earlier this month, Ohlsen protested the presentencing report, indicating it made his crimes seem worse than they really were.
Ohlsen's actions during the Smith-Carnahan race for the Democratic nomination to replace retiring Rep. Dick Gephardt, ultimately led to guilty pleas by Smith, Brown, and campaign treasurer Nick Adams on felony obstruction charges. Smith and Brown resigned their offices the day they entered their guilty pleas in federal court.