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Danton asks judge to reconsider sentence

11/30/2005 - St. Louis Blues

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- Former St. Louis Blues player Mike Danton wants a federal judge to reconsider a 7½-year prison sentence he got for plotting to kill his agent.

He has not been transferred to prison in his native Canada, as
he says he was promised.

In papers filed Nov. 18 in U.S. District Court here, Danton, who is now imprisoned in Fort Dix, N.J., asked Judge William Stiehl to
order a new sentencing and free him in the meantime.

The 25-year-old forward pleaded guilty in July 2004 to murder
conspiracy charges related to what prosecutors said was his failed
plot to kill agent David Frost.

When Danton was sentenced in November 2004, federal prosecutors agreed not to oppose deportation. Danton wants surgery in Canada for a shoulder injury and therapy for what his sentencing request calls his "grave mental disorders."

According to Danton's resentencing request, the Justice
Department hasn't decided whether to allow him to leave the country
despite his claims that "similarly situated applicants have been
approved for removal to their home nations, which include Canada."

Messages left Wednesday with the U.S. Attorney's office office,
which prosecuted Danton, and the Justice Department were not
immediately returned.

No hearing on Danton's request has been set.