Former WFAN radio star, Craig Carton and friends submitted a request for leniency as his sentencing nears. According to Newsday’s John Riley, Carton hopes his “severe gambling addiction” will be taken into account in an attempt to convince WFAN listener, U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon that he deserves lesser jail time.
“I was actually building a real business and really buying and selling concert tickets, over four thousand tickets to be exact, but at the same time I was becoming enslaved by my desire and addiction to gamble,” Carton wrote in a letter submitted on Friday, March 22nd.
Carton’s defense lawyers, Robert Gottlieb and Derrelle Janey pointed to mental disease beyond a gambling addiction which stems from childhood rape and other traumas. Carton and his lawyers even provided an omitted chapter of the radio host’s biography Loud-mouth, which described being a victim of childhood sexual assault.
While Carton faces a maximum sentence of 45 years, advisory federal guidelines recommend 70 to 87 months of jail time for the former New York morning radio host. In the memo sent to U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon, Carton’s lawyers suggested a sentence between 21-27 months.
The memo submitted in Manhattan federal court also included letters from several friends vouching for the former New York radio host. Among those who wrote letters in support of Carton were his former WFAN co-host Boomer Esisason, actor and radio host Joe Piscopo, Yankees COO Lonn Trost, former Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum, retired NFL quarterback and now media member Chris Simms, WFAN program director Mark Chernoff and ex-New Jersey governor Chris Christie.
“Craig is one of the most generous friends I have ever met,” Christie wrote. “He has made himself available privately to friends in any kind of trouble or need and also to public, charitable causes of all kinds.”
“In my dealings with Craig I have always found him to be honest and forthright,” the former federal prosecutor added during his three page letter. “I urge the Court to show compassion to Craig when deciding on sentencing. I do not believe that Craig is a danger to society.”
Christie also told the judge, “I do not believe any significant period of incarceration in this matter would be in the best interests of justice.”
In a letter to the court of his own, WFAN program director, Mark Chernoff stated he would “welcome the opportunity to discuss” the possibility of Carton returning to WFAN should he receive probation instead of jail time.
On September 6th 2017, Carton was arrested on charges of conspiracy, wire and securities fraud. The former WFAN radio host was found guilty on November 7th of last year and after pushing the date back twice, he’s scheduled to receive his sentencing next Friday, April 5th.