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Vashon's Irons sentenced to one year

By Adam Allington, KWMU

St. Louis, MO – Former Vashon High basketball coach Floyd Irons was sentenced to one year in prison on Monday.

Irons pleaded guilty last year for his role in a complex mortgage fraud.
The scam defrauded four banks for over $650,000.

Despite his guilty plea, at his sentencing the courtroom was packed with people attesting to Irons' role as mentor and leader for hundreds Vashon students over the years.

Robert Nelson was a former basketball associate of Irons in the 1970's.

"His sentence could have been better served having him do work in the community, the community that he has served that loves him, then to put him behind bars as far as I'm concerned," said Nelson.

9 character witnesses spoke for nearly 2 hours and judge E. Richard Webber sifted through a pile of over 80 letters, all attesting to the positive role Irons played in their lives.

When reading the sentence Judge Webber himself stopped several times to gain his composure.

Irons' attorney Rick Sindel said his client was far from the calculating criminal the federal prosecutor painted him to be.

"Well I believe he was given the idea and the impression that this was this real estate bubble, it's the American dream, we can make a little money, no one will get hurt, and everyone got hurt".

No one from the U.S. Attorney's Office would provide comment following the sentencing.

Investor Michael Noll and real estate broker John Mineo Jr. were also sentenced to prison for their role in the fraud.

Irons is also under investigation by the Missouri High School Athletic Association for recruiting violations. He retired from coaching in 2006 with 10 of Vashon's 11 state titles.


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