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Servis Attorney Requests Sentencing Be Rescheduled To Late July

Trainer Jason Servis outside his barn at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, NJ on Monday morning 7/15/19.

Attorneys for trainer Jason Servis, who was scheduled to be sentenced May 18, are requesting a delay in the proceedings.

According to a letter from attorney Rita Glavin filed with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Servis is requesting a push back to late July. Glavin writes she has responsibilities to other clients scheduled for June.

The letter cites a “number of disagreements and … issues around those disagreements” regarding “certain factual assertions” in a presentence investigation report dated April 27, 2023. That report is not available in the public-facing version of the case file.

“Further, given the extent of the disagreements, the parties have scheduled time to meet and engage in a good faith effort to resolve as many disagreements as possible, such that if there remain disagreements, they can be streamlined and narrowed for the Court,” the letter read.

Those disagreements are not specified in the letter, and a number of recent filings in the case were filed under seal.

Servis was charged with adulteration and misbranding, conspiracy to defraud the United States (misbranding drugs) and attempt and conspiracy to commit wire fraud in March 2020 in a massive indictment that included fellow trainer Jorge Navarro among other horsemen and veterinarians. The indictment charged Servis with overseeing administration of SGF-1000 to Eclipse Award winner Maximum Security among others, ordering falsification of vet records to conceal this administration, and overseeing administration and transport of misbranded clenbuterol.

Though he initially entered a plea of not guilty in the case, he changed his plea in early December. This made him the final in a line of more than a dozen defendants to plead guilty, be found guilty by a jury, or enter into an agreement to defer prosecution. 

With other defendants who have entered a guilty plea, the government has prepared a federal presentence investigation report, followed by more narrative reports prepared by defense attorneys and prosecutors advocating for specific penalties within an identified range from the presentence investigation report. The latter two reports have been available in public court filings for other defendants as sentencing approached, but are not yet present in Servis' file.

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