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Keating's Sentence

July 20, 1993

* Your article ("Keating Gets 12 Years in Federal Fraud Case," July 9) should have been headlined "Keating Gets 2 Years for Stealing $500 Billion From Taxpayers," since mega-thief Charles Keating is already serving a 10-year term and Judge Mariana Pfaelzer set his new sentence to run concurrently!

Our "justice" system is handing out life sentences to kids for possession of cocaine, and poor people are being locked up forever for stealing $50 from a 7-Eleven; what a relief to know that if you're rich and well-connected, the system still works!

FREDRICA SACKETT

San Diego

* I did some calculations based on Keating's 12 1/2-year sentence and $122.4-million fine for stealing $250 million; I concluded that a comparable sentence for a guy who robs a liquor store would be seven hours and 23 minutes--plus the return of half of what he stole, of course.

STAN SEAVEY

Oxnard

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