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Judge reduces former deputy's sentence by 22 months

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published February 20, 2003

TAMPA -- A judge lopped 22 months off the prison term of former Hillsborough sheriff's deputy Christopher Madiedo on Wednesday after prosecutors discovered a technical glitch in sentencing guidelines.

Friday, Hillsborough Circuit Judge Ronald Ficarrotta sentenced Madiedo to six years and 10 months in state prison, a sentence near the bottom of the guidelines. The top of the guidelines called for 121 years.

When prosectors recalculated, the guidelines called for a minimum sentence of four years and a month. So Wednesday, Ficarrotta sentenced Madiedo to five years in prison.

Madiedo pleaded guilty to charges of impersonating an officer, official misconduct, tampering with evidence, possession of cocaine and marijuana and trafficking in cocaine.

In June, the judge gave Madiedo probation on those charges, but the former deputy violated his probation in December by smoking $40 worth of crack cocaine at his drug treatment center.

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