Non-custodial sentence for former Fiat Chrysler engineer in emissions case
We represented the defendant in a criminal prosecution and secured a time-served sentence
On November 14, 2023, Emanuele Palma, a former engineer at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), was sentenced to time served (i.e., a non-custodial sentence), no term of supervised release and no fine. The government charged Palma in 2019 with allegedly conspiring to violate the Clean Air Act by manipulating U.S. emissions tests in connection with FCA’s diesel versions of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 vehicles. After initially facing over 20 years in prison based on the 2019 indictment, Palma pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate the Clean Air Act in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 371. Pursuant to a plea agreement, the government agreed not to object to a non-custodial sentence and did not oppose Palma’s recommendation of a time-served sentence.
The Davis Polk team included partners Greg D. Andres, Uzo Asonye and Paul J. Nathanson, and counsel Nino Stamatovic.
Kenneth M. Mogill of Mogill Posner & Cohen served as co-counsel to Palma.