He once ran across the Sahara Desert for charity.
Famed ultra marathoner Charlie Engle will need to hang up his shoes for a while. On Monday, Engle, who gained popularity for a charity fundraising effort that included a run across the Sahara Desert, was sentenced to Federal prison by U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Friedman for 21 months. Engle was found guilty of 12 counts of bank, mail and wire fraud. He was also involved in a real estate scam.
The prosecutor in the case had wanted a longer sentence for Engle. However, citing Engle’s clean record and 18 months of sobriety, the judge granted leniency.
“Obviously I would prefer not to be in this situation at all,” Engle said afterwards. “Considering the worst possible scenario, I’m grateful.”
Friends and relatives filed 120 letters of support for Engle. The judge noted that he had never seen so many in a case.
During the proceeding, Engle spoke to the judge, saying that he’d been “foolish enough to think [he] can change the world.”
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