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Vietnam War Saves 'CHiPs' Star from Jail

1/28/2011 3:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Larry Wilcox – star of the '80s show  “CHiPs” -- was spared a jail sentence for his role in a financial scheme ... partly because he fought in the Vietnam War.

Larry Wilcox

Wilcox -- had recently pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and was facing up to five years in federal prison.  Instead, Wilcox was sentenced to 3 years probation and 500 hours of community service.

After Wilcox shed a few tears inside the courtroom, the judge explained the actor was spared the slammer because of his service in Vietnam coupled with his extensive record of community service.

Wilcox joined the Marines in 1967 and spent 13 months in Vietnam as an artilleryman.

Semper Fi.


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Joao    

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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Mike    

This is one reason why there are so many black folks in prison. If a black man had served in all the wars since WWII he would still be thrown under the jail.

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Darryll    

This is one reason why there are so many black folks in prison. If a black man had served in all the wars since WWII he would still be thrown under the jail.

Posted at 10:25 AM on Jan 28, 2011 by Mike

If it was a black guy you wouldn't say a word, Mike.

1176 days ago
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HarlotO'Hara    

LOL, you're right, Darryll!

1176 days ago
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Mike    

Is that the best you could come up with Darryl?

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MIDNIGHT TOKER    

I always liked him....

1176 days ago
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gimmeabreak    

This is one reason why there are so many black folks in prison. If a black man had served in all the wars since WWII he would still be thrown under the jail.

Posted at 10:25 AM on Jan 28, 2011 by Mike

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What reason was that again? That black people get thrown under the jail because white people don't? Or is it that Larry Wilcox commiting a white collar financial crime is the reason so many blacks are in jail?

You point might have merit as our justic system is f*cked up. But reasonable and well thought out sentences like this aren't the problem. Not treating people equally given similar cir***stances, personal character, and crimes are.

Throwing everyone else under the bus too (like Wilcox) isn't the solution. Fixing the god damned system so everyone gets similar due process and reasonable sentences is.

1176 days ago
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Rick    

His service in Vietnam should count for something. It is not a get out of jail free card for life but once is good. He is in his 60's with no prior record, black or white, he shoulf catch a break.

The Judge made a good call.

1176 days ago
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Barb    

Mike is right. Prison and judicial statistics will bear him out. And I am not black, by the way. It is unconsciounable that a judge would be influenced by an actor's tears and not do the right thing. Securities fraud should not be punished by community service. Even Martha Stewart had to serve time for lying about her securities infraction.

1176 days ago
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karlew    

This is one reason why there are so many black folks in prison. If a black man had served in all the wars since WWII he would still be thrown under the jail.

Posted at 10:25 AM on Jan 28, 2011 by Mike

Yeah Mike there's no white vets in jail. It's money and lack of any previous convictions that has him skating.

1176 days ago
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Joe Camel    

CHiPs = greatest show ever.

until Ponch and John left the show.

1176 days ago
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Julie    

I wish he would come back to acting. He still agreat guy.And he is missed!People out there need to have some respect!

1176 days ago
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TRUTH    

The problem with the way of the world is that this guy should not have even been an issue to begin with whereas all the goldman sachs, jp morgans, bank of americas are continually getting away with their roles in the meltdown and yet all the tax payers dollars are wasted on this fluff.

Look closer at what he actually did , does not hold any kind of a match to what these giants have done, hell we all know they control the world, I would not be surprised if they even control the weather.

Our judicial system is azz backwards and has been for as long as civilization has existed.
They waste money on the wrong cases, going after the pizz ants all compliments of countless dirty cops/ investigators, lawyers and judges.

Wilcox should have been offered a deal from day one to do the community service and pay a fine- the end.
No more endless wasted money on courts , etc.

Focus on punishing the giants, America,instead of throwing more money at them and allowing them to get away with the biggest financial crimes of the century ...
Just how stupid are we?!?

1176 days ago
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Chauncey Gardner    

Spared the slammer for past military service? Rumor is, he's still involved with a secret para-military group called Force Seven. Does anybody else remember the time he saved Los Angeles from a missile attack after discovering secret military do***ents while stopping a drunk driver?

They should have spared him for his many years in law enforcement.

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gimmeabreak    

@ TRUTH, well said!

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