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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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What the hell does Vietnam 30+ years ago have to do with this person ripping others off? NOTHING!!!!

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Wow, he looks great. I used to love that show as a kid. I would've expected him to look older.

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Are you serious...JESSE JACKSON?? LOL JESSE JACKSON?? ROTHFL!!! And that article (from a speech from 1988) has nothing to do with this discussion. My point is simple how this guy got off with Security Fraud because he cried and showed his Veterens I.D. Card. So he didn't have a record? So what!!!! He get's to charge the first one "to the game". And we know that minorities go to jail at a higher rate that white people. And minorities tend to get harsher sentences than whites that have committed the same offenses.

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Evidently Mr. Wilcox is more concerned with blue chip stocks than Chips in blue. And the judge just wasn't happy letting the chips fall where they may. When I hear or read the expression "Semper Fi" I have to laugh at the irony, stupidity and inanity of it.

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@ Mike, you OBVIOUSLY don't understand how sentencing guidelines work in the Unites States. Having no priors absolutely does affect your sentencing for the better, no matter the color of your skin. Get over it, you to Barb. One size doesn't fit all when it comes to sentencing. Blather on all you want but the reality is cir***stances matter to Judges and they take them into consideration at sentencing. That's been the case throughout our countries history. It has nothing to do with Hollywood or an actor shedding a few crocodile tears for sympathy. If that's what you two think your the ones who are naive. Extremely so at that.

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Hey gimmeabreak. Give me a break. So, I suppose anyone who is old and has done community service should not be punished for fraud, and securities laws aren't serious? He broke the damn law along with his other pals. And Martha Stewart also broke the law. This is OK with you? I worked in the securities industry. I never saw any other "old man" not serve time for fraud. And if you think the judge wasn't influenced by this actor's tears, you are naive.

Posted at 11:48 AM on Jan 28, 2011 by Barb

I'm sorry Barb, your right. Everyone should go to prison for petty crimes. Cir***stances shouldn't matter at all. /sarcasm

Take you ZERO TOLERANCE attitude and shove it, Honey. The only thing i have zero tolerance for are silly zero tolerance laws that unfairly treat petty criminals like they're John Gotti, or first time offenders as if they have a rap sheet a mile long and are habitual offenders. That sounds like what you would do.

One size doesn't fit all, Honey.

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Thanks for serving brother....Steei Tiger 77armor 5th inf. 1968/1969

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"He broke the damn law along with his other pals. And Martha Stewart also broke the law. This is OK with you? I worked in the securities industry. I never saw any other "old man" not serve time for fraud."

@ Barb, I'm sorry but i just can't pass that up. :) If youve never seen an old man NOT go to jail fraud you haven't been paying much attention to the banking, mortgage, and securities industried meltdown of the last few years. I don't recall very many if anyone being charged in THAT fiasco and going to prison for fraud. I guess everything they did was perfectly legal, huh? *rolls eyes*

And here your are crying bloody murder about someone standing up and taking responsibilty for having commited a relatively minor securities fraud while trading penny stocks, and showing remorse for it. LMFAO

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Lou...if every kid who got caught with a small amount of coke and a joint was sentenced to jail...there would be no place for the real crooks. And you might need to take some driving courses too if you're getting stopped so much. Have a great day and drive carefully.

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Oh...and you also get break when you "dime out" everyone else that was involved too. RAT!!!

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Judges do this kind of thing all the time. Not everyone who gets charged and goes to court gets thrown in jail. I think the judge was just educating him on his responsibilities, and reminding him of his honor. It's part of the justice system. Anyone else would have gotten the same deal; it's not race or celebrity.

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Thanks for serving brother....Steei Tiger 77armor 5th inf. 1968/1969

Posted at 12:39 PM on Jan 28, 2011 by Frenchy


And from someone who was just being born back then... thank you for serving too!

The sad sorry episode that was Vietnam, and how our Government and fellow citizens treated our soldiers during and after Vietnam, left me with no desire to serve our county whatsoever. In hindsight i probably should have considered it. By the time i did it was too late.

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Yeah, the whole "I'm black" thing is getting old. Take responsibility for your own actions and don't make your race your handicap. Geez. Too much of that going on right now.

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Hey lets let everyone off the hook if you were in the military for sometime speak up Harvey

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