FORT SMITH – As former state Senator Jake Files awaits sentencing on fraud charges he pleaded guilty to earlier this year, the office of U.S. Attorney Duane “Dak” Kees is asking a judge not to go lightly on him. According to court filings made this week, the feds are asking for between 18 and 24 months behind bars for the Republican who stepped down in January after submitting a guilty plea.
Files had a number of financial problems, and has been accused accused of steering general improvement funds from the state of Arkansas toward the city of Fort Smith for projects that were never completed.
Talk Business and Politics notes that Files’ attorney Jake Pierce has asked for a shorter term of incarceration that would be coupled with a period of home detention due to Files’ status as a first time offender.
“A sentence of imprisonment within the advisory guideline range would result in an unwarranted sentencing disparity between Mr. Files and other similarly situated individuals. A downward variance is appropriate based on the circumstances of this case.” Pierce said in a federal court filing this week.
Files will be sentenced on June 18th at 10:00 AM in the courtroom of District Judge P.K. Holmes III.