Friday, June 01, 2007, 6/01/2007 01:53:00 PM

Government Asks For Reduced Sentence For Co-Conspirator in Coca-Cola Trade Secrets Theft Case

By Todd is reporting that the prosecutor asked the judge Friday to give a conspirator in a scheme to steal Coca-Cola trade secrets a lighter sentence than federal guidelines recommend partly because he helped the government convict a former secretary for the beverage company involved in the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Byung J. Pak said in a court filing that because Edmund Duhaney pleaded guilty to conspiracy and testified against Joya Williams at her trial he deserves about a year shaved off his recommended sentence.

"The government submits that the defendant's testimony played an important role in proving Ms. Williams' guilt beyond a reasonable doubt," Pak wrote in his motion.
As a result, Pak asked the judge to sentence Duhaney to 27 months to 33 months in prison instead of the 37 months to 46 months recommended in federal sentencing guidelines.

We'll cover the sentencing of Mr. Duhaney once it is made public.

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