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Transy book thieves won’t get more prison time

A federal judge Thursday declined to give additional jail time to four men serving 87-month sentences for stealing rare books and tasering a librarian.

In February, a three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Charles Allen, Eric Borsuk, Warren Lipka and Spencer Reinhard — all from Lexington — should have received more time than the 7 years, 3 months they were given after they pleaded guilty to the high-profile theft in April 2005.

The men were facing an additional two to four years.

The appeals court said that U.S. District Judge Jennifer Coffman miscalculated the federal sentencing guidelines by not including the cost of all the books that the men tried to steal in the December 2004 heists.

But Coffman said Thursday that she would have imposed the same sentence even if she had considered the tougher sentencing guidelines.

Federal sentencing guidelines are no longer mandatory.