Former Del. Fenton Bland gets five years
Former Del. Fenton Bland was just sentenced to 57 months in prison and ordered to pay $1.2 million in restitution to the bank he defrauded. You'll recall that Bland resigned at the beginning of the 2005 session. Stealing money from nursing home patients is generally frowned upon in today's society. At the same time, my heart goes out to the Bland family.
U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson rejected Bland's appeal for a reduced sentence. Bland's wife, Elizabeth, is institutionalized at Central State Hospital and Bland said his incarceration would leave their young children without no one.
"Judge, I ask for mercy. Please have leniency on me," Bland said haltingly.