DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — Former sportscaster Don Tollefson will spend two to four years behind bars in state prison.
A judge handed down the sentence Wednesday to the former sportscaster who was convicted of selling bogus trips that he claimed would help charities.
Judge Rea Boylan sentenced the former television personality to two to four years followed by 15 years probation. She said he not only stole money from hard working people, but did a great deal of damage to the charities that rely heavily on donations.
Some of his victims did not believe justice was served, but Tollefson’s court appointed stand by attorney Bob Goldman called it very fair and says Tollefson is sorry.
“We’re not in the coliseum where everybody’s like you know wants a guy to actually bleed blood in order to show his contrition. He’s expressed utmost of remorse and his desire to me in all my meetings with him to making the victims whole, and he sincerely feels bad.”
His attorney, acting on his behalf, asked the judge for a court-minimum sentence and community service.
He was also ordered to pay back more than $160,000. Tollefson told the court he lives with the humiliation of what he did every day and looks forward to getting back to work with disadvantaged kids.
He did face as much as 37 years in prison.