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Resignations follow plans to reduce Trump associate's recommended sentence

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KYMA, KECY) - All four prosecutors on Roger Stone's criminal case resigned Tuesday after learning the Department of Justice (DOJ) planned to reduce his recommended sentence.

The Justice Department originally recommended the longtime Trump associate serve between seven and nine-years in prison on charges of obstructing Congress, lying under oath, and witness tampering. That changed after the President complained about the sentence on Twitter.

In a statement to NBC News, a DOJ spokesperson wrote: " “The department finds the recommendation extreme and excessive and will clarify its position later today,"

Lead prosecutor Aaron Zelinksy withdrew from the case as soon as he learned about the reduced sentence. He's not leaving the Justice Department, but Zelinsky is leaving Washington to return to his old job with the U.S. Attorney's office in Maryland.

Another prosecutor, Jonathan Kravis, resigned from both the case and his job. Prosecutors Adam Jed and Mike Mirando also filed a motion to withdraw from the case. No word on if Jed and Mirando plan to leave DOJ.

Stone was the sixth Trump aide or adviser to be convicted of charges brought as part of the Mueller Investigation. A federal judge also reduced the sentence of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Crime / National-World / Politics

Lisa Sturgis

Lisa Sturgis recently returned to KYMA as its Digital Content Director, but she has a long history with the Desert Southwest.

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