Ex-Google engineer Levandowski asks decide to not ship him to jail

Anthony Levandowski exits federal court in San Jose, California, on August 27, 2019.

Enlarge / Anthony Levandowski exits federal court docket in San Jose, California, on August 27, 2019. (credit score: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg through Getty Photos)

The federal authorities on Tuesday requested a federal decide to condemn Anthony Levandowski to 27 months in jail for theft of commerce secrets and techniques. In March, Levandowski pled responsible to stealing a single confidential doc associated to Google’s self-driving expertise on his approach out the door to his new startup. That startup was shortly acquired by Uber, triggering a titanic authorized battle between the businesses that was settled in 2018.

The federal government initially charged Levandowski with 33 counts of commerce secret theft, with every rely associated to completely different confidential paperwork taken by Levandowski. Levandowski agreed to plead responsible to stealing one of many paperwork if the federal government dropped the opposite prices. It is as much as Decide William Alsup to resolve the suitable punishment for Levandowski’s single admitted act of commerce secret theft.

Whereas the federal government needs to place Levandowski behind bars for greater than two years, Levandowski’s attorneys are asking the decide to not ship Levandowski to jail in any respect. They argue {that a} 12 months of residence confinement, together with a nice, restitution, and neighborhood service, is an satisfactory punishment. They notice that Levandowski has suffered two bouts of pneumonia in recent times, placing him at excessive danger if he have been to catch COVID-19 whereas in jail.

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