Raffaello Follieri and Anne Hathaway
Splash News Online
10/15/2008 at 05:40 AM EDT
's ex will definitely do hard time – the question is how much.
Admitted con man Raffaello Follieri – who pleaded guilty
last month to wire fraud, money laundering and conspiracy – is hoping to shave off some of his prison sentence, the Associated Press reports.
In papers submitted to a Manhattan federal court Tuesday, his attorney asked that the Italian-born businessman be sentenced to three years in prison, not the four-plus years he agreed to in his plea deal, the wire service reports.
Attorney Flora Edwards says Follieri had good intentions when he started a business to buy property from the Catholic church. But he "became intoxicated with it all" when he began moving in A-list circles.
Follieri, 30, dated Hathaway for four years. They split
in June just before his arrest – something which provided comedic fodder
for the actress's recent Saturday Night Live
He is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 23.
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