Is Prosecution Retaliating Against Todd Engel?
by Shari Dovale
Todd Engel is one of the Bunkerville defendants that will face Judge Gloria Navarro in a sentencing hearing.
Out of a 16-count indictment, Engel was charged with 10 counts and convicted of 2 counts after his trial earlier this year.
These are the least serious of all the charges, and do not carry enhancements or mandatory minimum sentencing.
Greg Burleson was also convicted during the same trial, though he was convicted of 8 of 10 charges, including enhancements.
To keep it in perspective, let’s start by showing the actual results:
|Count 1 –
Conspiracy to Commit an Offense Against the United States
|NOT Guilty||NOT Guilty|
|Count 2 –
Conspiracy to Impede or Injure a Federal Officer
|NOT Guilty||NOT Guilty|
|Count 5- Assault on Federal Officer||Guilty||NOT Guilty|
|Count 6- Use and Carry of a firearm||Guilty and jury found in addition Guilty of brandishing his weapon.||NOT Guilty|
|Count 8- Threatening a Federal Officer||Guilty||NOT Guilty|
|Count 9-Use & Carry of a Firearm during a Crime of Violence||Guilty and jury found in addition Guilty of brandishing his weapon.||NOT Guilty|
|Count 12- Obstruction of Justice||Guilty||Guilty|
|Count 4- Interference of Commerce & Extortion||Guilty||NOT Guilty|
|Count 15- Use & Carry of a Firearm||Guilty and jury found in addition Guilty of brandishing his weapon.||NOT Guilty|
|Count 16- Interstate Travel & aide to Extortion||Guilty||Guilty|
Engel was convicted of:
- Count 12- Obstruction of Justice
- Count 16- Interstate Travel & aide to Extortion
Neither of these charges are firearms related, nor do they have enhancements attached. Let me explain why this is important.
The government powers-that-be are preparing for Engel’s sentencing. However, they are acting as if they are targeting Engel in a possibly unethical, and questionably legal, pre-sentencing report.
Burleson’s mandatory minimums total 57 years, which leaves 11 years for his remaining charges. Engel has only 2 charges, yet they want to make him serve over 20 years for them. Does that really add up?
Engel explains below in his own words, what the guidelines are versus what they should be. There is always some leeway for the judge’s discretion, but this has gone way beyond that.
Engel should be nearing his release date, yet the prosecutors, that have been showing a very poor record at conviction for this protest, seem to be trying to make up for it in one fell swoop.
Are they are trying to sidestep the actual trial, and sentence him to serve time for crimes for which he was not convicted?
The people are on his side, as well as our elected officials:
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