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Olympic Bribery Case Defendant Escapes Jail Time

Olympic Bribery Case Defendant Escapes Jail Time

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- One of the two men convicted in Salt Lake's Olympic bid scandal nearly escaped without penalty today when he was sentenced.

Salt Lake businessman David Simmons received NO jail time, NO fines and NO probation.

Magistrate David Nuffer also said he had NO choice but to assess Simmons 25 dollars in court fees, but joked that Simmons had the right to appeal.

Nuffer said Simmons was an unusual defendant, being sentenced after essentially already serving five years probation. Simmons pleaded guilty to tax evasion charges in 1999.

The only other man convicted in the scandal, U-S Olympic official Alfredo La Mont, also could avoid jail time when he was sentenced later today.

Simmons told the magistrate that he received no personal benefit from my actions, but was motivated by his desire to assist the bid committee.

Says Simmons -- quote -- "What I did was wrong."

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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