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Roger Stone's South Florida friends react to sentencing

Posted: 9:32 AM, Feb 21, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-21 09:46:59-05
Roger Stone, former adviser and confidante to U.S. President Donald Trump, leaves the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia after being sentenced February 20, 2020 in Washington, DC. Portraying himself as the 'dirty trickster of American politics,' Stone was sentenced to 40 months in prison for obstruction, lying to Congress and witness tampering, charges stemming from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — As Roger Stone, a longtime confidant of President Trump, was sentenced Thursday to 40 months for federal convictions of lying to Congress and witness tampering, friends of Stone in South Florida watched it all unfold on television.

“The question is how will Roger play it from here, he brought a lot of this on himself,” says longtime friend and Republican strategist Larry Casey of Palm Beach Gardens.

“He loves cameras. He loves to walk between the raindrops,” says Casey who first met Stone when they were both teenagers in New York.

“Roger is a unique individual,” says Karl Ottosen, another friend of Stone who lives on Singer Island.

Karl Ottosen
Karl Ottosen

“You saw him today, coming out of court smiling. I can see why he is like the president. I see why they get along so well,” Ottosen says.

Both men say they also expect Stone to eventually be freed by President Trump either by having the sentence commuted or by a pardon after the Presidential election this year.

“I think he has a 'get out of jail' card with the president now that he’s commuting sentences and pardoning alike. I think that’s in the back of his mind also,” Ottosen said.