45-minute hearing in St. Louis set the groundwork for capping Carruthers' three-year battle versus the United States Department of Justice.
The charge, a violation of Title 18 S. 1962 of the U.S. Code, alleges a RICO conspiracy encompassing numerous additional counts, including 10 Wire Act violations and the interstate transportation of gambling paraphernalia.
In the plea agreement, the government agrees to dismiss the counts 2-5 and 17-19, pertaining to mail fraud, non-RICO conspiracy and RICO forfeiture and will file a motion with the sentencing court to depart downward from the sentencing guidelines, which call for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to us$ 250,000.
Instead, the parties have agreed that Carruthers is to receive no more than 33 months in jail. He may advocate for a sentence of less than 33 months, and the government may oppose such a request. His time spent under house arrest during pre-trial motions and negotiations does not count as time served.