UPDATE: As expected, a federal judge sentenced Brandon Simmons and Jason Jeffries to two years of probation and ordered them to repay thousands of dollars in restitution. They should both thank Cthulhu that they're not going to federal prison.
Original Story (March 3): Probation certainly beats getting locked up in a federal penitentiary. Two of the seven former University of Kansas athletic department officials lucked out.
A federal judge said yesterday that Brandon Simmons and Jason Jeffries are expected to get two years of probation for their roles in the $2 million ticket-scalping scheme, the Associated Press reported. Simmons, KU's former assistant athletic director of sales and marketing, and Jeffries, KU's former assistant director of ticket operations, will also get hit with some hefty fines ($157,480 and $56,000 in restitution, respectively) that they'll be paying off for a long, long time.
Both should be saying a little Rock Chalk Jayhawk prayer that they're not going to the federal pen. But that doesn't mean either is happy with the proposed sentence.
Both reportedly cooperated with the investigation, and their defense attorneys are now wondering why said cooperation didn't lead to lighter sentences or prosecutors filing a motion for substantial assistance. We won't find out until the actual sentencing hearings.
Everyone in the scheme has pleaded guilty, the last being Ben Kirtland last week. In all, the co-conspirators are believed to have
sold or used more than 17,000
men's basketball tickets and more than 2,000 football tickets.