NEW ORLEANS -- A federal judge sentenced both former north shore District Attorney Walter Reed and his son, Steven Reed, Wednesday.
U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon sentenced Walter Reed to 48 months in prison. The judge cited "unusual facts" to support Reed's four-year sentence and that he illegally spent campaign money on gifts and lunches, not fancy cars and clothes.
Walter Reed was also ordered to pay more than $615,000 in restitution and fines.
Steven Reed was sentenced to five months probation, 50 hours of community service and no fine.
It also came out during the proceedings that Steven Reed tested positive for marijuana while awaiting sentence, but he claimed it was when he inadvertently ate a cookie laced with pot.
"Steven Reed is a grown man and it is time for him to face up to his actions," remarked one prosecutor.
But Fallon said there was no benefit to Steven Reed or to society to put him in jail him, adding that his crimes were done to win father's approval.
"This case is outside the mainstream of fraud cases," Fallon said as the reason for the lighter sentence. Reed faced up to 10 years.
Walter Reed said he expected the equivalent of a "life sentence," but thanked Fallon for sparing his son with probation. Reed was spared the life sentence. "Today is a good day," Reed said after he got his sentence.
Walter Reed, 70, won't have to begin paying any fines or restitution until after his appeals are exhausted. He will remain free on an appeal bond during that time.
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