Friday, January 19, 2007

It's Going to be a Hovind-Free Decade

10 years for 'Dr. Dino'

Pensacola evangelist Kent Hovind was sentenced Friday afternoon to 10 years in prison on charges of tax fraud.

After a lengthy sentencing hearing that last 5 1/2 hours, U.S. District Judge Casey Rodgers ordered Hovind also:

-- Pay $640,000 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.

-- Pay the prosecution’s court costs of $7,078.

-- Serve three years parole once he is released from prison.

The funniest/saddest part:

Prior to his sentencing, a tearful Kent Hovind, also known as "Dr. Dino" asked for the court’s leniency.

After all of these years of willfully evading taxes and thumbing his nose at the IRS, after having had the gall to argue in front of a judge and jury that he is above the law, after having mounted a defense that insults the very basis of our judicial system... only now does he start showing signs of remorse. And I suppose it's just a coincidence that it's at the very moment when he's about to be sent up the river. Come on Kent, whatever happened to the courage of your convictions?