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MISTRIAL in Bunkerville Protest Trial

Greg Burleson, the former FBI informant, has been found guilty on 8 out of 10 charges, and is expected to spend the remainder of his life in prison.

MISTRIAL in Bunkerville Protest Trial

MISTRIAL in Bunkerville Protest Trial

by Shari Dovale

The verdicts are in for the first tier defendants in the Bunkerville Protest trial.

There are 6 defendants facing 10 counts each. There are potentially over 70 counts the collective defendants could be found guilty on. This includes separate “brandishing” enhancements to each of the three firearms charges.

The jury has announced they are hopelessly deadlocked on most of the charges, including the charges of conspiracy. Judge Gloria Navarro has declared a mistrial on those charges.

Though the jury is in disagreement about most of the charges, they have reached consensus on the following:

Greg Burleson, the former FBI informant, has been found guilty on 8 out of 10 charges. Additionally, he was found guilty of brandishing associated with each of the 3 firearms charges he was found guilty on.

Todd Engel, of Boundary County Idaho, has been found guilty on 2 charges. These charges are to do with obstruction of justice and interstate travel to aid in extortion.

    • Count 6- Use and Carry of a firearm: Greg Burleson is found guilty and jury found in addition guilty of brandishing his weapon.
      Hung jury, No verdict on all others.
    • Count 8- Threatening a Federal Officer
      Greg Burleson is found guilty.
      Hung jury, No verdict on all others.
    • Count 9-Use & Carry of a Firearm during a Crime of Violence
      Greg Burleson is found guilty and jury found in addition guilty of brandishing his weapon.
      Hung jury, No verdict on all others.
    • Count 12- Obstruction of Justice
      Greg Burleson is found guilty
      Todd Engel is found guilty
      Hung jury, No verdict on all others.
    • Count 4- Interference of Commerce & Extortion
      Greg Burleson is found guilty.
      Hung jury, No verdict on all others.
    • Count 15- Use & Carry of a Firearm
      Greg Burleson is found guilty and jury found in addition guilty of brandishing his weapon.
      Hung jury, No verdict on all others.
    • Count 16- Interstate Travel & aide to Extortion
      Greg Burleson is found guilty
      Todd Engel is found guilty
      Hung jury, No verdict on all others.
    • Jury instructed under Allen charge to deliberate further on all ‘Hung Jury’ charges they were unable to unanimously decide.

The jury came back last week to ask for more clarification of the definition of conspiracy. The judge was, apparently, not clear enough for the jury on this charge as they have not been able to reach an agreement to any conspiracy.

Each charge these defendants have faced is a felony with mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines.

Todd Engel was convicted of two of the smallest charges that were listed. They are, basically, stemming from his internet postings, or emails. He is expected to receive minimum sentencing, possibly time served or probation.

Greg Burleson was found guilty of all charges with the exception of the conspiracy charges. He was also given the enhancements for “Brandishing” to each of the 3 firearms charges. These mandatory guidelines require him to serve so much time that there is no chance of him leaving prison during his lifetime.

Navarro has scheduled sentencing dates for the two defendants today. Burleson is scheduled for Wednesday, July 26th and Engel is scheduled for the following day, July 27th.

May 25th has been set for more information on the next round of this trial. The defendants are expected to be returned to Pahrump detention, though they plan to argue for release pending the new trial.

There has been a great team in Las Vegas keeping everyone up to date on everything that has happened. It is hard to name them all, but each one is very appreciated. Here are some of today’s updates:

6 Comments on MISTRIAL in Bunkerville Protest Trial

  1. What happens next?
    Hung jury. If the court is convinced that the jury cannot come to a unanimous decision, even with gentle urging from the judge and the assurance that they are doing as good a job as any jury would, the judge will declare a mistrial. The defense and prosecution will have to live with the judge’s decision, and the case will either be retried, settled (plea-bargained), or dismissed.
    I sincerely doubt that this judge will dismiss any changes. If there is a retrial I pray that this judge and prosecution team are not allowed to continue. I can’t imagine the extremes they will pursue to get the conviction they so desire.
    These men have endured enough injustice.

  2. Update:
    MISTRIAL DECLARED on all remaining charges!! New trial date June 26th at 08:30am

    Currently same judge and attorneys and schedule for new trial conflicts with schedule for Tier 1 P3 also June 26th.

    Counter call hearing scheduled for May 25th, might be going over new trial or scheduling dates that now conflict.

    Lots of unknowns. Very fluid.

    ~SSG Moe

    Prior post still current charges they remain hung or deadlocked on and now declared mistrial, also charges found guilty for only Greg Burelson (Federal Informant) and Todd Engle (no idea how this jury concluded him guilty)

    Added to post: “Count 5- Assault on Federal Officer
    Greg Burelson is found guilty.
    Hung jury, No verdict on all others.”

    Count 6- Use and Carry of a firearm: Greg Burelson is found guilty and jury found in addition guilty of brandishing his weapon.
    Hung jury, No verdict on all others.

    Count 8- Threatening a Federal Officer
    Greg Burelson is found guilty.
    Hung jury, No verdict on all others.

    Count 9-Use & Carry of a Firearm during a Crime of Violence
    Greg Burelson is found guilty and jury found in addition guilty of brandishing his weapon.
    Hung jury, No verdict on all others.

    Count 12- Obstruction of Justice
    Greg Burelson is found guilty
    Todd Engle is found guilty
    Hung jury, No verdict on all others.

    Count 4- Interference of Commerce & Extortion
    Greg Burelson is found guilty.
    Hung jury, No verdict on all others.

    Count 15- Use & Carry of a Firearm
    Greg Burelson is found guilty and jury found in addition guilty of brandishing his weapon.
    Hung jury, No verdict on all others.

    Count 16- Interstate Travel & aide to Extortion
    Greg Burelson is found guilty
    Todd Engle is found guilty
    Hung jury, No verdict on all others.

    Jury instructed under Allen charge to dilerberate further on all ‘Hung Jury’ charges they were unable to unanimously decide.

    *In addition, sentencing for Greg Burlson Wed July 26th
    And Todd Engle Thurs July 27th.

    ~SSG Moe

  3. If Burleson is an FBI informant, why did he get convicted of all the charge’s. ?? Are they just trying to make him dissappear from the public, retiring him. or relocating with new identity

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