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Man Accused Of Terror Plot Seeks To Withdraw Guilty Plea

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Associated Press

Man Accused Of Terror Plot Seeks To Withdraw Guilty Plea

By The Associated Press

SILVER SPRING, Md. — A former Coast Guard lieutenant accused of plotting politically motivated killings inspired by a far-right mass murderer asked a federal appeals court on Monday to let him withdraw his guilty plea or else throw out his sentence of more than 13 years in prison.

In a court filing, a defense attorney argued that Christopher Hasson’s 160-month prison term was roughly four times longer than sentencing guidelines would have called for if U.S. District Judge George Hazel had not mistakenly applied a “terrorism enhancement” to the sentence.

Prosecutors didn’t charge Hasson, 50, with any terrorism-related offenses. He pleaded guilty last October to possessing unregistered and unserialized silencers, being a drug addict in possession of firearms and illegal possession of tramadol, an opioid painkiller.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2020/06/08/us/ap-us-coast-guard-lieutenant-hit-list.html