Chris Latham claims he knows the pain caused to his ex-wife when she became the target of a murder-for-hire plot for which he took part.
That feeling was revealed in a recent court filing that may also explain why his sentencing hearing was postponed.
Earlier this year, Latham, 51, was found guilty of aiding and abetting in connection to the plot to kill Nancy Cannon, who was his estranged wife at the time. He was scheduled to be sentenced this week, but the hearing was postponed.
Tuesday his attorney, Steve Schmutz, filed a request with the court to consider a sentence for Latham that is below the federal guidelines that were outlined by the court in a report generated for this specific case.
The report is not available to the public.
The filing reveals Schmutz had objections to the court's pre-sentence report, which is produced following a conviction in federal proceedings and used by the judge to consider the defendant's sentence.
The report typically includes biographical details, information about the conviction and the sentencing range that is applicable to the case.
Latham's pre-sentence report stated he could see more time in prison because the court was going to apply an enhancement to his sentencing for obstruction of justice, which Latham contends the evidence doesn't support, according to the filing.
In his filing, Schmutz stated that a substantial reduction of Latham's sentence is warranted in this case.
A jury did not reach a verdict on the two other counts against Latham, Schmutz argues.
Latham also does not have a criminal background and would not be a danger to the community, according to Schmutz' filing.
"He was a productive citizen for years and can be again," the filing stated.
Schmutz outlined Latham's background, including his time as a bank executive and his involvement with organizations such as the Trident United Way board and the Spoleto Festival USA Foundation board.
Latham does not deny the trauma suffered by his ex-wife, according to the filing.
"Chris Latham will address this matter personally at sentencing," the filing stated.
It would be the first public statements by Latham about the plot against his wife that was organized by his girlfriend and former Bank of America co-worker 38-year-old Wendy Moore.
In February, Moore was found guilty of all four counts for the scheme in which she hired her ex-husband, 38-year-old Sam Yenawine, to kill Cannon in April 2013, according to prosecutors.
The plot was foiled when Yenawine's friend, Aaron Wilkinson, who had become the hired gun in the scheme, confessed to police after a traffic stop on Charleston's East side.
Wilkinson went on to testify in the trial against Latham and Moore and was sentenced to four years in prison for aiding and abetting murder-for-hire.
Yenawine never went to trial. He killed himself in his jail cell in Georgetown County, where he was being held after his arrest.
A new date for Latham and Moore's sentencing hearings has not been scheduled yet.
Reach Natalie Caula Hauff at 937-5594 or Twitter.com/ncaula.
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