Gary was the leader of a group that sold chips to modify Nintendo Switch allowing ROMs to run on the console, being arrested for it in 2020.
Gary Bowser rose to fame for being a member of a group called Team-Xecuter that since 2013 began creating chips for Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch that modified the consoles and allowed ROMs to be run on them, collecting, according to the United States justice, about 10 million dollars thanks to the sale of chips and generating losses of 150 million dollars to various developers, including Nintendo.
Bowser was arrested in September 2020 and faced court last October adding a total of 11 criminal charges, pleading guilty to two of them and offering to pay Nintendo a sum of 4.5 million dollars, something with which he tried to avoid a prison sentence.
However, in new documents uncovered by Eurogamer, the US government and those charged with defending Bowser have presented their respective recommendations to the judge in charge of the case, with the US authorities recommending a prison sentence of 5 years with 3 years. supervised probation and a $4.5 million fine, a sentence they think is fair in this case.
The defense’s request: 19 months in prison
On the defense side, we can clearly see how Gary Bowser’s prison sentence is fully guaranteed, although his lawyers ask for 19 months in prison, which in real terms would be only 3 months in prison since he has already served part of his sentence by being imprisoned since his arrest. The defense is based on the fact that Bowser is not the only culprit of Team-Xecuter, arguing that although he had an important role in the group, he was not the leader or in control of the brand, also pointing out that the United States Government wants send a message with your request for conviction through only one of those responsible for the crime.