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First Person Sentenced In College Admissions Scam Gets No Prison Time
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First Person Sentenced In College Admissions Scam Gets No Prison Time

(CNN)Former Stanford sailing coach John Vandemoer will serve no time in prison in connection with the college entrance scam. He is the first among 50 people charged in connection with the scheme to be sentenced.

Stanford University sailing coach John Vandemoer arrives at Boston Federal Court for an arraignment on March 12, 2019. Vandemoer's attorney, Robert Fisher, wrote to Judge Zobel in a memorandum on Friday that he should get probation and not a prison sentence, arguing that he didn't pocket any of the money, didn't take any money from the university and that this was his only instance of bad judgement. "Mr. Vandemoer failed in one instance to live up to the high expectations he sets for himself," Fisher wrote. "He fully accepts responsibility for his mistake. Mr. Vandemoer is determined to make amends for this mistake move on with his life and continue to provide for his family." Just two days before Vandemoer's sentencing, Stanford University officials submitted a victim impact statement which details how Vandemoer, who traded his slots reserved for student-athletes for bribes, has damaged the university. "Mr. Vandemoer's actions in this matter are profoundly disappointing and especially so as he had a reputation of caring deeply for his student-athletes," said Debra Zumwalt, vice president and general counsel for Stanford University in a statement. The impact statement charged that Vandemoer and Singer not only undermined the public's trust in the college admissions process, but also cost the university valuable time and money dealing with the fallout from the federal investigation. Stanford fired Vandemoer the very same day he plead guilty.