“Kevin Ring is getting what he deserved, but overall, the most powerful people escaped prosecution,” she said.
Ring, who said he cooperated with investigators for years, refused the plea he was offered because it would have required him to implicate friends and mentors, such as Doolittle.
“After telling them everything I knew, including embarrassing things and behavior I wish I wasn’t involved in, I was going to have to testify against people I didn’t think were guilty of crimes,” Ring said. “That was a non-starter.”
He refused the government’s plea arrangement. FBI agents raided his home, waking his family and spooking his oldest daughter. Shortly after, he and his wife separated.
His first trial ended in a hung jury. When a second jury found him guilty in 2011, prosecutors recommended a sentence of more than 20 years. The judge sentenced him to 20 months, but he will stay out of jail until this fall, when the Supreme Court decides whether it will hear his case. If the court declines, his sentence will kick in.
And he will have to explain to his daughters, Kiley and Audrey, ages 10 and 7, all that he and his wife, Kerrie, have sheltered them from.
“I know separating him from the girls will devastate him, but as a mother, my bigger fear is that it will destroy my girls,” Kerrie Ring wrote in 2011, pleading with Judge Ellen Huvelle for leniency during sentencing.
“There’s no getting around how awful it will be when I have to tell them,” Kevin Ring said. “But for them, I would’ve died, though, too.
“I appreciate every day with them,” he added. “You savor every single moment.”
Kate Ackley is a staff writer at CQ Roll Call who keep tabs on the influence industry.