On 11/20/12, Judge Dowd handed down sentences for Brandon, Connor and Doug. The judge departed from the sentencing guidelines, which he called "grotesque." Doug got 11 1/2 years, Brandon 9 years and 9 months, and Connor 8 years and 1 month. While these sentences are significantly shorter than the prosecution was seeking, they are almost double what they would have been without the application of the terrorism enhancement. All three are appealing the judge's decision to apply the terrorism enhancement, and seeking shorter sentences.
Skelly's trial is still postponed pending mental health evaluation by the BOP. Please take a moment to write him a short letter - he's completely isolated (no phone calls, no visits, no writing implements) in a remote prison in Massachusetts, and needs your support.
Tony Hayne, the fifth man arrested, who took a cooperating plea deal in July, was sentenced on 11/30 to 6 years.
Today was the first day of Brandon, Doug and Connor's sentencing hearing, from 9 AM till almost 4 PM. The parties made opening statements, and then most of the day was spent examining and cross-examining Special Agent Ryan Taylor, the lead FBI agent involved with this case. Anthony Hayne also briefly testified, part of the plea agreement he entered into with the government in July.
The hearing will continue tomorrow morning at 10 AM. We'll post a more thorough update later this week. The actual sentencing for Brandon, Connor and Doug is scheduled for November 19th.
Also, Skelly's evaluation is scheduled to be completed today. Hopefully he'll be transferred back to Ohio soon.
*** Correction: The hearing begins at 9 AM, and our rally will start at 8 AM. ***
Connor, Doug and Brandon's sentencing hearing is Monday, November 5th at 9 AM at the Akron Federal Courthouse. At this hearing, the defendants' attorneys will argue against the inappropriate application of the "terrorism enhancement," a provision the government is pushing for which could potentially increase their sentences from five years to as much as life, as well as highlighting the role of the FBI in orchestrating the situation.
We will be there in support of the guys. Please join us at 8 AM outside the courthouse for a brief rally where we'll express our love and support (we'll be bringing signs) and build positive energy together before the hearing.