Defendant challenges sentence in KU ticket case

LAWRENCE, Kan. - One of seven people convicted in the scheme to steal and sell Kansas basketball and football tickets wants his sentence reduced.

Thomas Blubaugh, a former consultant to the University of Kansas athletic department, filed a motion in federal court late Friday asking that his 46-month sentence be reduced to 33 months.

Blubaugh and his wife, Charlette Fay Blubaugh, the university's former ticket director, were convicted in the ticket scheme, which cost the university athletic department $2 million.

In his motion, Blubaugh contended that his sentencing judge relied heavily on hearsay and assumptions in deciding that thousands of unsold tickets stashed in a Lenexa storage unit showed the Blubaughs were trying to hide their crimes.

The Kansas City Star reports prosecutors have not yet responded to his motion.

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