The good thing about a plea deal? You usually get less punishment than if your case went to trial.
The bad thing about a plea deal? It means you're in trouble.
Jason Jeffries, former KU staffer, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to charges that he knew about and concealed information about the KU ticket scandal.
So what kind of punishment could he get?
Jeffries, 35, the school's former assistant director of ticket operations, remains free on his own recognizance. He could receive up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine at his Sept. 29 sentencing, but he'll likely get far less, if any, prison time. The government agreed as part of his plea deal to recommend a sentence within federal sentencing guidelines, although U.S. District Judge Wesley Brown is not bound by that recommendation.
His lawyer on Wednesday after court suggested probation but did indicate his client would accept any punishment (as if he had a choice).
Sounds like a plea deal was the way to go, considering the government's case.
Assistant U.S. Attorney David Lind told the court Monday that if the matter went to trial, the government would have shown that Jeffries schemed to withhold the sale of certain tickets to the general public, then changed the tickets' status to reserved sales.