Judge Reeves has been receiving correspondence from third parties regarding Deric Lostutter’s upcoming sentencing hearing. Some of the letters are expressing their desire that Judge Reeves give the maximum sentence, and others are from supporters of Deric asking that the Judge grant leniency. From the Order:
ORDERED that, during the upcoming sentencing proceeding, the parties, by counsel, are expected to summarize each and every letter, note and other item of correspondence submitted by any third party which they wish the Court to consider in connection with the sentence to be imposed. With espect to these materials, the government and the defendant are expected to identify any relationship with any such third party who has submitted information to the Court.
Many of the letters supporting Deric make mention of his “helping a rape victim”. These statements are erroneous as Deric did no such thing, and admitted as much in his plea agreement. His signed plea agreement states that he hacked the website to gain notoriety for his online name, and to harass his victims. There is nothing that Deric did to help the victim. He has done everything in his power to exploit her for the last four years.
It will be interesting to hear both sides weigh in on the letters submitted to the Court.