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Federal Prosecutors Won't Appeal Reduced Sentence of Convicted Batesville Prosecutor

MARCH 28, 2005 - Posted at 7:51 a.m. CST

 

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Federal prosecutors say they're not going to appeal the reduced sentence of former prosecutor T.J. Hively of Batesville.

U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins said his office would drop a challenge of the sentence Hively was given last September following convictions on federal public corruption charges.

Hively is serving three years in prison and was ordered to pay a nearly $430,000 judgement.  Hively appealed the sentence and it was then appealed by Cummins' office, which said Hively should have received between six-and-a-half and eight years in prison under the federal sentencing guidelines.

Cummins said he dropped the appeal after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the guidelines partly unconstitutional and simply advisory.

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