Think Gary Becker will get a long prison sentence? Think again. He may not go to prison at all.
That's the finding of the Journal Times' review of 27 cases similar to Becker's over the past 11 years. Most men (and it's all men) arrested in Internet sex stings served no time in prison, according to the JT. Only seven of 27 people caught by state agents posing as minors went to prison; of those seven, six were given sentences of three years or less in prison. (See the JT's chart here.)
Most people convicted in the Internet sex stings - 75 percent in Racine County - received a lengthy probation sentence with the potential to go to prison if they fail to follow rules set by the court, according to the JT.
What's this mean for Becker, who is scheduled to be sentenced on March 3? Odds are good he could avoid a prison sentence all together, But if he does go to prison, he'll likely spend less than two years there (with time off for good behavior).