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Two Time Absconder Gets 35 Days As Time Served and No More Supervised Release

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Oct 1 –  Levanger Belcher was convicted in 1997 of defauding hotels by posing as an official and directing that bills be sent to his "employers."

He got 18 months in jail after which, while on supervised release, he absconded.    He was caught in 2010, got five months and one year of supervised release - during which he absconded again. 

On October 1 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Alison J. Nathan held a sentencing proceeding. Belcher did not have a phone capable of a video conference, so it was phone-only. Inner City Press called in. 

  He had already spend 35 days in jail on this most recent arrest. He said he is "sity or sixty one years old, I'm not sure."

   Judge Nathan said that 35 days were enough, sentencing him to time served and no more supervised release.

The case is, or was, US v. Belcher, 96-cr-789 (Nathan)


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