Take your pick, KU ticket ripoff artist and party boy Rodney Jones – the mastermind behind the scandal that sent Kansas athletics director Lew Perkins packing – is now attempting to parlay his role in the above into a shorter prison stretch, says the Lawrence Journal World.
Let’s take a look.
“The imprisoned former head of Kansas University’s Williams Fund alleges that he’s entitled to a shorter prison sentence because he claims federal prosecutors did not honor terms of his plea agreement in the case,” the Journal World reports.
“The government failed to adhere to their commitment to file a – request for lesser sentence – in exchange for the defendant’s guilty plea and for providing substantial assistance in investigating his co-conspirators,” Jones writes in a motion to the court.
In March of 2011 former U.S. District Judge Wesley Brown sentenced Jones to 46 months for his guilty plea in a conspiracy to commit wire fraud in a ticket scam involving more than $2 million worth of KU football and basketball ducats.
Brown checked out in January at age 104 and Jones has been hitting the law books ever since, attempting to loophole his way into a shorter sentence as payment for…
dropping the dime on his fellow ticket conspirators – the ones who did his bidding basically.
In other words, what Jones is saying is he ratted out his pals to “federal authorities” to save his skin but they didn’t come through with the lighter sentence he says was promised.
Example No. 1:
“Jones, who was the former leader of fundraising at Kansas Athletics Inc., alleges in the motion that his cooperation with federal authorities led directly to co-defendant Ben Kirtland, who served as associate athletic director for development from 2004 to April 2010, pleading guilty instead of going to trial,” the Journal World reports. “Kirtland is serving a 57-month prison sentence.”
Example No. 2:
“Jones also claims his assistance led to the indictment of co-defendant Kassie Liebsch, a former systems analyst who took over ticket operations at KU, in the case after she was initially exonerated in KU’s internal investigation,” the Journal World adds.
As for Jones jail house legal finagling, “He appears to be relying on recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings that put plea bargains under greater constitutional scrutiny, finding that convictions can be overturned if defense lawyers don’t adequately assist clients in deciding whether to accept (offers from prosecutors),” The Journal World reports.
Jones claims his defense lawyer did not “pursue” government assurances that he’d get a lighter sentence for throwing his partners in crime under the bus.
On top of all that, Jones – something of a Lawrence playboy at the height of the illegal ticket scalping biz, sources say – has a hearing next month over an ill-timed, $100,000 child support payment to his ex just before his guilty plea.
Naturally, KU athletics, its insurance company and the IRS want that money back since Jones is believed to have harvested $359,000 in the scam and owes $113,843 to the IRS.