Court of Appeals Upholds 300-Month Sentence for Former Resident of Plainfield

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            CONCORD – United States Attorney John J. Farley announced that the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has rejected Edward Brown’s appeal of his 300-month prison sentence.

            Brown, 79, formerly of Plainfield, was convicted in 2009 of a series of offenses arising from his role in leading an armed standoff with the United Marshals Service after his conviction and sentencing for tax-related charges.  Brown was initially sentenced to 444 months of imprisonment for his role in the standoff.  Because of new legal precedent from the United States Supreme Court, one of Brown’s convictions was no longer valid and he was entitled to be resentenced.  At his resentencing, the court imposed a 300-month prison sentence.

            In a 45-page opinion issued on Wednesday, the Court of Appeals rejected Brown’s argument that the district judge erred by imposing a 300-month sentence. 

            “Thanks to this decision, Edward Brown will remain in federal prison, which is exactly where he belongs,” said U.S. Attorney Farley. “Brown’s dangerous and reckless actions could have led to an extensive loss of life. This lengthy sentence holds him accountable for his criminal conduct and ensures that he cannot endanger lives in the Granite State again.”

             This case was investigated by the United States Marshals Service with substantial assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Internal Revenue Service, the New Hampshire State Police, the Plainfield Police Department, the Lebanon Police Department, and the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office.  The appeal was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Seth R. Aframe. 

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