Ex-Larimer GOP Chair Skates With Probation

Lost in the hubbub over TABOR author Doug Bruce’s release from jail yesterday after serving (most of) his six-month sentence for tax evasion, the Fort Collins Coloradoan reports:

A former Larimer County Republican Party chairman who stole $17,000 from the party to gamble and to support himself avoided prison Thursday when he was sentenced to five years of probation.

Larry Carillo, 33, previously pleaded no-contest to the felony theft charge that carried a penalty of up to two to six years in prison. He has no other criminal history, and prosecutors had asked for probation…

Prosecutor Kent Leier, from Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck’s office, said the total losses to the party amount to about $35,000.

The Coloradoan reports that Larry Carillo says he will work with the Larimer County Republican Party “to arrange restitution,” which of course means that he hasn’t made restitution as of now. This scandal also snowballed into other embarrassments of the Larimer County GOP, such as Secretary of State Scott Gessler’s abortive date with the dunk tank to help pay off their fine.

But here’s our question–both Carillo and Bruce were convicted of felonies, Carillo felony theft and Bruce felony tax evasion. Bruce had other charges, most seriously attempting to influence a public official. But should both Carillo and Bruce have gone to jail? Perhaps neither of them should have? Were Bruce’s complex tax games worse than Carillo’s straightforward thieving?

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11 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. harrydoby says:

    He’ll have 5 years of probation in which to think about the consequences of his actions.

    Doug Bruce on the other hand isn’t going to change one whit.  If he continues to scheme and chisel to undermine the law, then he deserves to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

  2. ArapaGOP says:

    Justice was served in each case.

  3. sloanslake says:

    There should have been SOME jail time and substantial amount of useful community service. It’s not like he stole a few hundred bucks here. He stole $17,000 in a calculated manner over a period of time.

  4. … or at least a harsher punishment than probation.

    It’s not an insignificant amount of cash we’re talking about, and he hasn’t paid it back – i.e. he spent it and apparently can’t (or won’t) sell off his possessions to make restitution.

    If this was any normal financial hardship, he’d be on the line to pay his debts NOW.  Why does he get to skate as a criminal?

    Frankly, I’d like to see jail time as a felon, if only a week or two – that gives him the added benefit of experiencing our justice system’s revocation of voting rights, which seems somehow appropriate given the office he abused.

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