Todd Engel’s Sister Speaks Out On Sentencing
by Shari Dovale
Todd Engel was sentenced yesterday for his part in the Bunkerville standoff of 2014. Judge Gloria Navarro sentenced him to 14 years in Federal prison.
Engel was convicted of what Navarro described as two “lesser” charges consisting of Obstruction of Justice (for his time on the bridge above the wash) and Interstate travel in aid of extortion ( for traveling from Idaho with intent to aid in extortion).
However, Engel was sentenced to charges of which he was not convicted. Navarro specifically referenced assault among other charges when determining his sentence. Engel questioned this during his time to speak. Navarro stated that he did not understand the justice system, in which they have a different standard for sentencing than during trial.
Navarro said, though the jury was “hung” on the remaining charges and the prosecution chose not to retry him on these charges, this did not make him “innocent” of the charges. Therefore they used these additional charges to determine the sentence.
This means that you can be indicted for a multitude of crimes, get convicted for a single crime, yet be sentenced for the other crimes as well, if the judge chooses to do so.
It is another gross miscarriage of justice.
Engel’s sister, Kelli Cooper, had this to say after her brother was sentenced:
Judge Navarro would not let family speak yesterday so I will speak now and forever until this wrong is made right.
Todd was not the one in a law enforcement uniform throwing an unarmed, defenseless woman to the ground.
Todd was not the one in a law enforcement uniform grinding a mans face in the gravel for simply taking pictures by the side of the road.
Todd was not the one in a law enforcement uniform pointing weapons at unarmed women and children.
Todd was not the one in a law enforcement uniform making fun of the protesters physical appearances and picking out which ones they were going to kill first.
Todd was the one on the bridge begging for help from the ones in a law enforcement uniform. The same ones who testified under oath that he was “helpful.”
THE UNIFORM DOES NOT MAKE THE MAN-THE MAN MAKES THE UNIFORM.
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