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Page News & Courier 1/6/11--

By Joe Farruggia

As the year comes to a close and the Page News and Courier looks back on the top stories of 2010, the No. 1 story of the year was former sheriff Danny Presgraves reporting to a federal penitentiary to begin his 19-month sentence for racketeering and other charges.

After a career built on law enforcement and putting criminals behind bars, Presgraves began his own incarceration on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at a federal facility in Devens, Mass.

The prison sentence was imposed by Judge Glen Conrad on Dec. 18, 2009, following a signed plea agreement in August, in which he admitted guilt to breaking federal racketeering laws.

The original indictment was handed down on Oct. 22, 2008, and included 22 counts. An additional indictment came through in June 2009, for a total of 232 counts that, if found guilty, could have led to imprisonment of more than 300 years.

A pre-sentencing report submitted to the court and based on Presgraves’ history and other factors had recommended a prison term of between 27 and 33 months. With his sentence beginning on Jan. 19, his incarceration will conclude on Aug. 19, 2011.

Along with the prison term, Presgraves was ordered to undergo two years of probation and pay restitution to victims and a fine of $1,000.

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