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Judge: Former Rubashkin VP to get 27-year sentence

DES MOINES, Iowa  — A former vice president of an Iowa kosher slaughterhouse will be sentenced to 27 years in prison and ordered to pay $31 million restitution for his conviction on financial fraud charges, a federal judge said Monday.
Chief US District Court Judge Linda R. Reade released the memorandum outlining the sentence she will hand down for Sholom Rubashkin during the former Agriprocessor's Inc. manager on Tuesday in federal court in Cedar Rapids.
A jury found Rubashkin guilty last fall on 86 federal financial fraud charges. Prosecutors had sought a 25-year sentence. Rubashkin's attorney, Guy Cook, said the sentence is longer than necessary and plans to appeal.
"It's unfair and excessive and is essentially a life sentence for a 51-year-old man," Cook said.
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