RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former Coast Guard lieutenant accused by prosecutors of plotting to kill members of Congress to advance a white nationalist agenda is asking an appellate court docket to vacate his responsible plea after a decide dominated that his crime was an act of terrorism.
Christopher Hasson of Silver Spring, Maryland, pleaded responsible in 2019 to firearms offenses. However at his sentencing listening to, the decide utilized a “terrorism enhancement” that resulted in a 13-year jail sentence. With out the terrorism enhancement, sentencing tips would have resulted in a time period of about 4 years.
Hasson was by no means charged underneath a terrorism statute, and his legal professionals say the terrorism enhancement was wrongly utilized. They are saying he by no means meant to hold out any killings.
Prosecutors say that plotting to kill members of Congress is strictly the kind of crime for which a terrorism enhancement ought to apply.
Hasson’s legal professionals are scheduled to make their case Friday afternoon to a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Courtroom of Appeals in Richmond. In court docket papers, they ask the panel to both vacate Hasson’s responsible plea or order a brand new sentencing listening to.
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