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Ted Loza Gets Eight Months in Prison

Ted Loza Gets Eight Months in Jail

The former chief of staff to Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham, Ted Loza, will spend eight months in prison, another four on supervised release, and 150 hours doing community service.

Loza, who pleaded guilty to taking $1,500 in gratuities in connection with legislation on the taxi industry, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court, four months after his guilty plea. U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman said he was considering more than the money; he was looking at "the measure of a man," as he imposed sentencing. Prosecutors had asked the judge to send Loza to prison for 14 months, the maximum time allowable under sentencing guidelines for his offense. Loza's defense attorneys had asked for probation. (Due to an editing error, this post originally said Loza had pleaded guilt to taking bribes, not gratuities.)

In arguing for the longer sentence, Assistant U.S. Attorney John Crabb had asked the judge to send a clear message: "You sell your position. You go to jail." In arguing that Loza's history of community service should earn him probation, Loza's lawyer, Pleasant Brodnax, decided to read a poem at one point: "Not, how did he die? But how did he live?" the poem starts.

The poem is called the "Measure of a Man," and the judge referred back to it several times while explaining his sentencing decision. "One considers the measure of a man like Mr. Brodnax said, the good bad and the ugly," Friedman said. "I guess I'm mixing my metaphors."

Leaving the hearing, Loza, who apologized for his actions in court, seemed to think the proceeding had gone well. "It was a good day," he told some supporters.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

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  • ontarioroader

    Any word on when/if deportation proceedings may begin?

  • Rend Smith

    No word yet, but Judge Friedman said he hoped keeping Loza's prison sentence under a year would help avoid deportation.

  • Ward One Voter

    Would keeping anyone else's prison sentence under a year who doesn't have a high-priced lawyer and councilmember behind them make a difference? This is a serious question.

    While I don't agree with many of these deportations (violent crimes excluded), I'm also concerned that Ted is going to get better treatment because who he is (who he has working for him) than any other immigrant who is convicted of a similar-level federal crime.

  • Ward One Voter

    Any word on where/how he will serve the 8 months? Will it be minimum/medium/maximum security? I know that people convicted of DC crimes who receive short sentences just serve them out in DC Jail instead of being shipped off somewhere, but where and how will Loza serve?

  • Rend Smith

    Bureau of Prisons will make the call after they assess Loza's case.

  • Martin

    When it comes to deportation, it's not usually what the person serves, but what they could serve if slapped with the maximum sentence. Anything over a year can get you deported.

    Loza still has hope, though -- immigration law is flexible on what crimes qualify for deportation, and stuff like bribery may not fall outside of that. Usually, you have to inflict direct damage on another person to get booted.

  • Southeast Ken

    Well, if this is a felony, Loza should lose his 'Green Card'. After serving time, the convict criminal shouldn't be allowed to remain in the United States or to become a citizen.

  • Southeast Ken

    'convicted'

  • Typical DC BS

    Unfortunately, his boss will continue to get reelected by the morons in Ward 1.

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