Former downhill mountain bike champion Melissa “Missy” Giove was spared any prison time when she was sentenced this morning in federal court judge in Albany in connection with her in marijuana-trafficking case.
Giove was given six months of home detention and five years of supervised release and she was also ordered to do 500 hours of community service. The once-outspoken mountain bike star was also given credit for the time she served in jail after her arrest.
Before sentencing Wednesday, the court had received letters seeking leniency from Giove’s mother, spouse, other relatives and even a former mountain biking team manager.
Some of the letters cite Giove’s many injuries, including head injuries suffered on a downhill mountain bike racing circuit where speeds could reach 65 mph, as possibly clouding her judgment. They also cite good deeds she has done over the years and give possible motivation for her getting involved in the enterprise.
The letters come as federal prosecutors plan to ask U.S. District Judge Gary Sharpe to sentence Giove to 24 to 30 months in prison, based on federal guidelines.
Giove, 38, of Chesapeake, Va., was arrested along with Eric Canori in June 2009 in Wilton, accused of making a high-stakes transaction involving approximately 350 pounds of marijuana, trucked by Giove from California to Preserve Way in Wilton.
Federal Drug Enforcement Agency officials confiscated the marijuana, as well as $1.47 million in cash, at the Wilton home.