TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A sentencing hearing for a couple convicted of wire fraud after lying about sinkhole activity to home buyers ended with no decision Tuesday.
Federal judge James Whittemore heard hours of testimony and arguing from attorneys. At 5 p.m. he decided to wait to make a decision. Court will reconvene on Thursday at 9 a.m.
The courtroom was packed with supporters of the defendants, Glenn and Kathryn Jasen. Supporters had submitted dozens of letters, attesting to the Jasens’ good characters.
This comes after an 8 On Your Side investigation more than a year ago. News Channel 8 found the Jasens sold their Spring Hill home, without disclosing they had already accepted an insurance settlement for the sinkhole activity. The settlement was for $153,000.
When asked by 8 On Your Side about the settlement and sinkhole activity, Glenn Jasen said he knew nothing about it.
Our investigation caught the attention of federal prosecutors and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. This is the first federal case of its kind involving home sellers lying on disclosure forms about sinkholes.
Attorneys for both sides are arguing about terms that would decide how much prison time the couple could face. The wire fraud charge comes with a maximum of 20 years – but a minimum of just probation. However, after some objections were ruled upon Thursday, the prison time frame is now at 30 to 37 months.
On the way out of the courthouse, the Jasens had nothing to say to 8 On Your Side.
Home buyer Kelly Magbee says she is ready for all of this to be over. “I just want to get out of this house and move on,” Magbee said.