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hammes (aka bismarck) cops a plea, pleads guilty to one charge of wire fraud

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    • hammes (aka bismarck) cops a plea, pleads guilty to one charge of wire fraud

      74 other charges to be dropped.

      will be sentenced in several months after the pre sentencing investigtion is completed. faces max 20 years; although the deal he cut is for less time.

      <snip>

      An assistant U.S. attorney, Emily Glatfelter, told the judge that Hammes agreed to pay $7.6 million in restitution, including $1 million to his employer's insurer. She said authorities had already seized other money and property from Hammes, including gift cards and more than $11,000 in cash he had when arrested and more cash found in a Fort Wayne, Indiana, storage unit.

      11k in cash! no wonder the dude was popular.

      full story:

      cincinnati.com/story/news/2015…ect-change-plea/74447798/
      2,000 miler
    • Sounds like he is getting off light considering the magnitude of the crime. Guess they really want that money back.

      Does not sound like we will ever find out if he committed murder too.
      “Of all sad words of tongue or pen,
      the saddest are these, 'It might have been.”


      John Greenleaf Whittier
    • Without checking, wonder what the statute of limitations are for embezzlement. Several of the bank fraud cases occurring in '08 are now out of the running for prosecution.

      Bernie Madoff has already reached the limit.

      Lest we forget.....



      SSgt Ray Rangel - USAF
      SrA Elizabeth Loncki - USAF
      PFC Adam Harris - USA
      MSgt Eden Pearl - USMC
    • max.patch wrote:

      max.patch wrote:

      She said authorities had already seized other money and property from Hammes, including gift cards and more than $11,000 in cash he had when arrested and more cash found in a Fort Wayne, Indiana, storage unit.
      saw in another news report that the gift cards totaled $3,600. this guy was livin large.
      As "smart" as he was he should have known that it would catch up to him. But of course the ego of those type of people usually trmps the brain.
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • the judge can go as high as 20 years, the prosecution is asking for 7, and the defense is asking for 3 -- becasue, as the defense puts it, hiking the AT has put hammes on the road to redemption.

      which is steaming pile of manure.

      throw the book at em, and while he's locked up and can't run away, reopen the investigation of his wife's tragic death in the fire. circumstantial evidence certainly points a finger at hammes.
      2,000 miler
    • max.patch wrote:

      the judge can go as high as 20 years, the prosecution is asking for 7, and the defense is asking for 3 -- becasue, as the defense puts it, hiking the AT has put hammes on the road to redemption.

      which is steaming pile of manure.

      throw the book at em, and while he's locked up and can't run away, reopen the investigation of his wife's tragic death in the fire. circumstantial evidence certainly points a finger at hammes.
      Agree 100%.
      The only trail he deserves to see again is the trail of his tears as he spends the rest of his life behind bars.
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • Astro wrote:

      max.patch wrote:

      the judge can go as high as 20 years, the prosecution is asking for 7, and the defense is asking for 3 -- becasue, as the defense puts it, hiking the AT has put hammes on the road to redemption.

      which is steaming pile of manure.

      throw the book at em, and while he's locked up and can't run away, reopen the investigation of his wife's tragic death in the fire. circumstantial evidence certainly points a finger at hammes.
      Agree 100%.The only trail he deserves to see again is the trail of his tears as he spends the rest of his life behind bars.
      I'd rather he get 6 months than CONVICTED RAPIST BROCK TURNER!
    • max.patch wrote:

      technically, according to california law brock turner was guility of sexual assualt and not rape as his penis was not involved.

      in any event, the punishment did not fit the crime. and to make matters even worse apparently he is going to serve 3 months rather than full 6.

      time.com/4362949/stanford-sexual-assault-not-rape/

      JimBlue wrote:

      I tihnk he deserves something in the Code of Hammurabi.
      So does these two things taken together mean that instead of his penis, that his finger(s) should be cut off?
    • hames sentenced to 8 years.

      steaming pile of crap:

      Hammes' attorneys said he has no criminal past and has spent years contemplating his wrongdoing on the trail that winds more than 2,000 miles from Georgia to Maine.

      Their sentencing memo discussed the spiritual journey and "rediscovery" the picturesque trail offers hardy hikers, saying: "Each day spent out in Mother Nature shed light on Jim's dark past; and as he began to understand the flaws of his character, he moved one step closer to personal redemption."

      The memo stated that he has simplified his life and become "a changed man." It also said Hammes suspects he long suffered from depression and hopes to get mental health treatment.

      yep:

      Prosecutors responded that Hammes "executed a carefully planned and cowardly escape from a decade of fraud," hiding and living off the proceeds of his crime until a fellow hiker tipped authorities. They say his sole motivation appears to be "greed and selfishness."

      abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/se…-hiking-fugitive-40033891

      now...they got 8 years to investigate the death of his wife in the fire. lets hope they do so.
      2,000 miler
    • max.patch wrote:

      hames sentenced to 8 years.

      steaming pile of crap:

      Hammes' attorneys said he has no criminal past and has spent years contemplating his wrongdoing on the trail that winds more than 2,000 miles from Georgia to Maine.

      Their sentencing memo discussed the spiritual journey and "rediscovery" the picturesque trail offers hardy hikers, saying: "Each day spent out in Mother Nature shed light on Jim's dark past; and as he began to understand the flaws of his character, he moved one step closer to personal redemption."

      The memo stated that he has simplified his life and become "a changed man." It also said Hammes suspects he long suffered from depression and hopes to get mental health treatment.

      yep:

      Prosecutors responded that Hammes "executed a carefully planned and cowardly escape from a decade of fraud," hiding and living off the proceeds of his crime until a fellow hiker tipped authorities. They say his sole motivation appears to be "greed and selfishness."

      abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/se…-hiking-fugitive-40033891

      now...they got 8 years to investigate the death of his wife in the fire. lets hope they do so.
      And they believed that crap? If he was a changed man, he would've surrendered, admitted his guilt, and returned the money.
      In life there are no limitations. Except stupidity. If you're stupid, you're screwed.

      Stephan Pastis
    • TrafficJam wrote:

      max.patch wrote:

      hames sentenced to 8 years.

      steaming pile of crap:

      Hammes' attorneys said he has no criminal past and has spent years contemplating his wrongdoing on the trail that winds more than 2,000 miles from Georgia to Maine.

      Their sentencing memo discussed the spiritual journey and "rediscovery" the picturesque trail offers hardy hikers, saying: "Each day spent out in Mother Nature shed light on Jim's dark past; and as he began to understand the flaws of his character, he moved one step closer to personal redemption."

      The memo stated that he has simplified his life and become "a changed man." It also said Hammes suspects he long suffered from depression and hopes to get mental health treatment.

      yep:

      Prosecutors responded that Hammes "executed a carefully planned and cowardly escape from a decade of fraud," hiding and living off the proceeds of his crime until a fellow hiker tipped authorities. They say his sole motivation appears to be "greed and selfishness."

      abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/se…-hiking-fugitive-40033891

      now...they got 8 years to investigate the death of his wife in the fire. lets hope they do so.
      And they believed that crap? If he was a changed man, he would've surrendered, admitted his guilt, and returned the money.
      But if he returned the money how would he continue hiking and his spiritual growth? It's not like you can just go on the internet and set up a fund for people to pay for your hike or something. 8)
      Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more, you should never wish to do less. - Robert E. Lee
    • Grinder wrote:

      TrafficJam wrote:

      max.patch wrote:

      hames sentenced to 8 years.

      steaming pile of crap:

      Hammes' attorneys said he has no criminal past and has spent years contemplating his wrongdoing on the trail that winds more than 2,000 miles from Georgia to Maine.

      Their sentencing memo discussed the spiritual journey and "rediscovery" the picturesque trail offers hardy hikers, saying: "Each day spent out in Mother Nature shed light on Jim's dark past; and as he began to understand the flaws of his character, he moved one step closer to personal redemption."

      The memo stated that he has simplified his life and become "a changed man." It also said Hammes suspects he long suffered from depression and hopes to get mental health treatment.

      yep:

      Prosecutors responded that Hammes "executed a carefully planned and cowardly escape from a decade of fraud," hiding and living off the proceeds of his crime until a fellow hiker tipped authorities. They say his sole motivation appears to be "greed and selfishness."

      abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/se…-hiking-fugitive-40033891

      now...they got 8 years to investigate the death of his wife in the fire. lets hope they do so.
      And they believed that crap? If he was a changed man, he would've surrendered, admitted his guilt, and returned the money.
      But if he returned the money how would he continue hiking and his spiritual growth? It's not like you can just go on the internet and set up a fund for people to pay for your hike or something. 8)
      Oh man...tha'd be rich!