Probation sentence expected for Oregon refuge occupier Geoffrey Stanek
Geoffrey Stanek, who pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy last year in the takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, shouldn't face a sentence longer than the probation given to three co-defendants who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor, his lawyer argues.
Stanek, 27, wasn't at the refuge takeover from the start and didn't stay until the end like co-defendants Sean and Sandra Anderson, who were among the final holdouts before their Feb. 11, 2016, surrender.
The two Andersons and co-defendant Dylan Anderson avoided a trial by pleading guilty to misdemeanor trespass and were sentenced to one year of probation. The couple and Dylan Anderson aren't related.
Sean Anderson made violent threats against law enforcement officers on YouTube during the last two weeks of the occupation, said Benjamin Andersen, Stanek's lawyer.
In contrast, Stanek left the property voluntarily after the occupation leaders were arrested on Jan. 26, 2016, his lawyer noted in a sentencing memo filed in court Wednesday.
"This court should impose a sentence no more severe than the sentences imposed on other defendants, some of whom have worse records and arguably have more culpability in the overall offense,'' Andersen wrote.
Prosecutors have rejected defense requests to reduce ...
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