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Crundwell: No more appeals

DIXON — Former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell will not appeal to have her prison sentence reduced.

Paul Gaziano, her federal public defender, said this week that Crundwell won’t appeal her sentence – 19 years, 7 months – to the full 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals or to the U.S. Supreme Court, which wouldn’t have to consider the appeal.

When Crundwell was sentenced last year for stealing nearly $54 million from the city of Dixon throughout two decades, the judge ruled she must serve 85 percent, or more than 16 years, of the prison term. When Crundwell is freed, she will be subject to three years of federal supervision.

In November, a three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago unanimously affirmed the sentence, calling it “substantively reasonable.”

Gaziano had appealed Crundwell’s sentence on the grounds it varied too far from the sentencing guidelines and that more merit should have been given for the former comptroller’s cooperation with authorities after her arrest.

Thursday marked the two-year anniversary of Crundwell’s arrest at Dixon City Hall. She was sentenced Feb. 14, 2013.

Crundwell is serving her sentence in Waseca, Minn., in a low-security prison that houses 1,058 female inmates.

She is allowed to have up to 10 books or magazines “neatly stored” on a shelf in her cell, according to the prison’s handbook.

Her clothes – green pants, green shirts, coats and jumper dresses – have labels with her name, inmate number and laundry number. Sweatshirts can be worn, according to the handbook, as long as they are worn over one of the facility’s green shirts.

Crundwell can have no more than 25 personal letters in her cell and can have 25 loose photographs, according to the handbook. Any additional photographs must be in a photo album and stored in her assigned locker.

Her inmate number is 44540-424.

And her release date is March 5, 2030, when she will be 77.

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