When a federal defendant pleads guilty, they plea to an agreed level. A fictional level 28 for instance. 57 to 71 months. So you know within a range before sentencing. So if the reporter looked at plea, they would have a pretty clear idea if the 15 years they spoke of is the level she's at, or is this with the possibility of consecutive sentences. Defense attorneys can get US attorney to reccomend low end of guidelines. Judge is mostly constrained within the level. But can run sentences consecutively if defendants are convicted of multiple crimes. And then choose between 3 and 5 years supervised release.
You would just need to see a copy of the plea to get an accurate idea of future sentence. Same as when you read the asswipe's future indictment. If indicted alone, you can read charges, follow federal guidelines for the charge, and see where he stands with all the up charges. Things like amount of victims add upwards to higher levels. You see where defendant stands. Subtract 2 levels for pleading guilty and you will have a real good idea of where sentencing will come. Simplification of federal guidelines and how it works.
But if indictment comes back with any of Asswipes family members, or other employees, whole new ballgame. I would think if there are 2 names on the indictment, there would be a strong possibility of a 2nd superceding indictment with more names. Kinda how it works. Bring in as many periphery individuals who end up with probation after testifying against a target. But they get it on the record for their next possible encounter with the law.