Conn accomplice sentenced to 7 months

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18/EKB) — Curtis Lee Wyatt, the man who helped former disability attorney Eric C. Conn flee the country, will spend four more months under incarceration for his crime.

Curtis Lee Wyatt

Wyatt, 48, pleaded guilty in March to a single charge of conspiracy to escape. In doing so, he admitted to helping Conn’s flight from justice by driving to Mexican border crossings in Columbus, N.M., and Nogales, Ariz., to see what security measures were in place.

He also admitted to purchasing the pickup truck Conn would use to flee, registering it in the name of a Montana dummy corporation affiliated with Conn, and driving it to Lexington and leaving it near the hotel where Conn was staying while he met with attorneys the day before his escape.

Conn was arrested by Honduran authorities while dining at a Pizza Hut in La Ceiba six months later. He has since pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the government, conspiracy to escape, and conspiracy to retaliate against a witness in a plea agreement that is expected to earn him another 15-year sentence on top of the 12 years he is currently serving.

This morning, U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves sentenced Wyatt to seven months in prison for his actions. Wyatt has been incarcerated since his guilty plea three months ago, leaving him four more months to serve.

The maximum sentence for conspiracy to escape is five years. However, under U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, Wyatt qualified for a sentence of only 4-to-10 months, due to his spotless criminal record. Wyatt had requested serving the minimum of four months, but Judge Reeves instead split the difference and sentenced him at the middle of the guideline range.

Today’s sentencing all but wraps up the criminal proceedings against Conn and his accomplices. Only one more event remains — Conn’s sentencing on Sept. 7.