The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta vacated the sentencing of two former HealthSouth Corp. executives on Tuesday, asking the U.S. District Court judge who issued the ruling to provide reasoning for the determination of the sentences, but stopped short of calling specifically for harsher sentences. Prosecutors had filed the appeal because they said the sentences of Mike Martin, a former chief financial officer, and Richard Botts, a former senior vice president, were too lenient. Both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit securities fraud and falsifying records and were given five years of probation and six months of home detention. Prosecutors had recommended Botts receive 40 months and Martin receive 62 months of imprisonment. -- by Joseph Mantone
Court seeks reassessment of HealthSouth sentences
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