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Roy S. Johnson
Columnist & Director, Content Dev., Alabama Media Group and ; Founder/CEO, Fit! Live! Win!; Curious Citizen, Dad
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Roy S. Johnson Jul 17
So many people trusted Donald Watkins, Sr. So many people just couldn’t say no. What if long-time friend and mentor, former Birmingham Mayor Richard Arrington, had done so.
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Roy S. Johnson Jul 16
Judge Bowdre also imposed 10 hours of community service on Watkins, Jr’s sentence. “You still have much to give to your community” she said. The hours “gives you an opportunity to get back and do the things you do, and to begin to make daughter proud.”
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Roy S. Johnson Jul 16
Judge Bowdre said she will recommend that Watkins, Jr be housed at a prison closest to his Birmingham home to be close to his family. She also considered the start of school (August 12) before ordering he report to prison no later than noon, Tuesday, Sept 17.
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Roy S. Johnson Jul 16
Watkins, Jr. was also ordered to pay restitution of $13,000,850 to the victims of his crimes. Payment in full is due at end of term of supervision. He was sentenced to 27 months in prison.
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Roy S. Johnson Jul 16
Donald Watkins, Jr. was sentenced to 27 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Bowdre for his role in defrauding more than $15 million from investors in Masada and other ventures with his father, Donald Watkins, Sr., who was earlier sentence to a five-year term.
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Roy S. Johnson Jul 16
Natasha Stoudamire turned to Watkins, Jr.: “We have children too. What if someone did this to your daughter?”
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Roy S. Johnson Jul 16
“The picture the defendant is trying to paint of himself is simply not accurate,” says Hankey. “Was he a mastermind? Absolutely not.” Asst US attorney consistently said Watkins, Jr. an integral part of fraud and used money to fund a lavish lifestyle that once cost $28,000 a month
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Roy S. Johnson Jul 16
Asst. U.S. Attorney Kyle Hankey said Donald Watkins “handled himself professionally and courteously” while representing himself during trial.” But added: “Court should not accept this notion that he was merely some sort of administrator.”
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Roy S. Johnson Jul 16
On his six-year-old daughter, Donald Watkins, Jr said: “I’m going to everything I can to help her know that her Daddy is still her Daddy and that one day i hope she’ll still be proud of me.”
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Roy S. Johnson Jul 16
Speaking on his own held at sentencing hearing, Donald Watkins, Jr. turned to victim Natasha Stoudamire: “I want to apologize to you here in open court, I’m Sorry for anything I’ve personally done to you and your husband. It was not intentional.”
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Roy S. Johnson Jul 16
Donald Watkins, Jr’s mother and younger brother, Light, also spoke on his behalf. “Any one of our brothers could have been sitting in that seat,” Light says. “That is the impact our father has on all of us.”
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Roy S. Johnson Jul 16
While speaking on behalf of her husband, Donald Watkins, Jr., Chay spoke of their 6-year-old daughter. “The thought of him not being there for her,” she said before pausing. “So I ask for your mercy, for your leniency ... your consideration.”
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Roy S. Johnson Jul 16
Donald Watkins, Jr.’s wife Chay spoke on behalf of her husband at sentencing hearing. She told court of how they met, and beyond. She says his involvement in fraud with his father is “based on a set of circumstances because he’s loyal. His father has a way of captivating people.”
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Roy S. Johnson Jul 16
Judge Bowdre asks why Watkins, Jr., should be held responsible for fraud that occurred before he began working for his father in 2007. Feds say they are prepared to offer evidence DW2 did work for his father prior to then in some capacity.
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Roy S. Johnson Jul 16
Sentencing hearing for Donald Watkins, Jr. has just begun. The son was convicted on two counts in the fraud case in which he and his father were found guilty of defrauding investors of more than $15 million.
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Roy S. Johnson Jul 16
Natasha Stoudamire was the only victim to speak at Donald Watkins, Sr.’s sentencing. After Judge Bowdre imposed five years (the feds requested 17 1/2), she called it “a slap on the wrist.” She remained to speak at Watkins, Jr.’s hearing.
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Roy S. Johnson Jul 16
Donald Watkins, Jr.‘s sentencing is set to begin at 2 PM. I don’t expect it to last nearly as long as Watkins, Sr.’s hearing. DW1 was sentenced to five years, much lower than fed’s request (17 1/2 yrs). That seems to bode well for Jr., for whom they requested 6 1/2 yrs.
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Roy S. Johnson Jul 16
Donald Watkins, Sr. was ordered to report to prison by noon on Wednesday August 28. He was sentenced to five years by Judge Bowdre after being convicted of 10 counts in federal fraud case involving Charles Barkley and many others of more than $15 million.
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Roy S. Johnson Jul 16
Donald Watkins, Sr. was ordered to pay restitution of $14,000,100 by Judge Bowdre, who also sentenced attorney to five years in federal prison for defrauding investors in waste company.
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Roy S. Johnson Jul 16
Donald Watkins, Sr. Is going to prison. He was sentenced to 60 months (5 years) in federal prison by US District Judge Bowdre for defrauding more than $15 million from investors in a waste company.
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