GUILTY DC - Maria Butina, 29, charged with spying for Moscow by 'infiltrating' NRA, Washington, 15 Jul 2018

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    When I thunk of the Rosenbergs who died, this gets to me.
     
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    So no sentencing date released yet?

    TIA! :)
     
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    Alleged Russian agent Maria Butina in her own words: 'Truth is my best defender'

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    Butina's future remains unclear. Her boyfriend, Erickson, was indicted last week on fraud charges in an unrelated case in South Dakota, and he reportedly remains the target of an ongoing federal investigation in Washington related to his activities with Butina.

    A status conference in Butina's case scheduled for this week was delayed until the end of the month, with her ongoing cooperation cited. According to Butina's attorney, the case, or at least Butina's role in it, soon could reach its conclusion.

    "We remain optimistic the parties will be in a position to set a sentencing date at the next status conference," Driscoll told ABC News. "We will request a time-served sentence, so if the judge agrees, she could be home shortly after sentencing."
     
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    Butina’s passport handed over to US immigration to speed up deportation


    WASHINGTON, February 22. /TASS/. Russian citizen Maria Butina’s passport has been handed over to the US immigration authorities to speed up the process of her expected deportation from the US to Russia, Butina’s attorney Robert Driscoll said in an interview with TASS.

    The attorney expects that during the upcoming court hearing in Washington, the judge will appoint the date of Butina’s sentencing. Driscoll hopes that the judge will deliver the verdict in "2 weeks to 6 weeks" after the hearing set for February 26.
     
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    Tuesday, February 26th:
    *Status Conference Hearing (@ 9am ET) – DC – Maria Butina (29) arrested (7/15/18) & indicted (7/17/18) with conspiracy to & acting as a foreign agent & did not register with Justice Dept as a foreign agent of Russia Gov’t. Plead not guilty. Held without bail.
    She is also said to have gotten help from the National Rifle Association, which repeatedly brought Ms. Butina from her native Russia to the United States for events until she obtained a student visa in August 2016. That failure (to register as a foreign agent) is central to the government’s charges that she violated the federal lobbying law and conspired with Mr. Torshin, the deputy head of Russia’s central bank, to influence American politics on behalf of the Russian government. On Wednesday (7/18), the government alleged for the first time that Butina used sex — she dated and lived with a much older Republican political consultant, and purportedly offered another person “sex in exchange for a position with a special interest organization.”
    12/10/18 Update: Butina has agreed to plead guilty to conspiring to act as a foreign agent. The deal, which now must be approved by a judge, stipulates that Ms. Butina must cooperate with federal, state and local authorities in exchange for what could be a short prison term, or possibly a release after having already spent five months in jail. As a felon, she will most likely be deported after her release. Hearing on 12/12.
    12/12/18 Update: Moved to 12/13/18. 12/13/18: Alleged Russian spy Maria Butina pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday for conspiracy to act as an illegal foreign agent in the United States. said she acted "under direction of" a Russian official whom CNN has identified as Alexander Torshin, the recently retired deputy governor of the Central Bank of Russia. "Butina sought to establish unofficial lines of communication with Americans having power and influence over US politics," the prosecutor said in a Washington courtroom." She agreed to cooperate in a plea deal with U.S. investigators in exchange for less prison time. In plea papers, prosecutors agreed to drop a second count against Butina of violating a law that requires foreigners working for their government to register with the U.S. Justice Dept. Butina faces a possible maximum prison sentence of five years followed by deportation. Under the deal, her defense agreed that she could face a recommended zero to six months in prison under federal guidelines, and could seek a lower sentence. Prosecutors did not agree on any guidelines range, but agreed to request leniency if she provides “substantial assistance.” Butina, who has been jailed since her arrest in July, agreed to remain behind bars while awaiting her sentencing date, which has not been set pending her ongoing cooperation.
    12/17/18 Update: Both defense attorneys & prosecutors have until 5 p.m. Wednesday (12/18) to make their case for the “continuance, modification or vacating” of the gag order.
    2/22/19 Update: Butina's passport handed over to US immigration to speed up deportation. "Our hope would be that she’ll receive a sentence that will be equivalent to the time already served and that she will be released and deported soon after that," attorney Robert Driscoll said. Status hearing on 2/26.


     
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    Okay I had 9am for hearing, but this article below has it at 2:30pm.

    PREVIEW - Butina Set To Appear In US Court Amid Open Questions Over Sentencing, Deportation - UrduPoint


    WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 26th February, 2019) Russian national Maria Butina is appearing before a US judge on Tuesday amid hopes of setting a sentencing date while questions related to deportation remain open.

    In December, Butina pleaded guilty to allegedly acting as an unregistered foreign agent in the United States. However, the Russian Foreign Ministry said the United States had browbeaten Butina into confessing the crime by creating unbearable detention conditions and threatening her with a long prison sentence.

    Judge Tanya Chutkan will preside over Tuesday's status conference, which is scheduled for 2: 30 p.m. EST (7:30 p.m. GMT) at the US District Court for the District of Columbia.
     
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    Maria Butina continues to cooperate with prosecutors, will remain in jail - CNNPolitics

    Washington (CNN)Unregistered Russian foreign agent Maria Butina will stay jailed in the US for yet another month, as she continues to help prosecutors with other cases following her guilty plea in December.

    Butina's cooperation "is ongoing," prosecutor Erik Kenerson told a federal judge at a 15-minute hearing Tuesday. Kenerson indicated that it's possible her cooperation ends by late March, and she may be able to be sentenced then or in early April.
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    Her next court hearing is set for March 28.
     
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    Thursday, March 28th:
    *Status Conference Hearing (@ 2:30pm ET) – DC – Maria Butina (29) arrested (7/15/18) & indicted (7/17/18) with conspiracy to & acting as a foreign agent & did not register with Justice Dept as a foreign agent of Russia Gov’t. Plead not guilty. Held without bail. Plead guilty.
    Court dates from 12/10/18 thru 2/22/19 reference post #46 here:
    DC - Maria Butina, 29, charged with spying for Moscow by 'infiltrating' NRA, Washington, 15 Jul 2018

    2/26/19 Update: Butina will stay jailed in the US for yet another month, as she continues to help prosecutors with other cases following her guilty plea in December. Butina's cooperation "is ongoing," prosecutor Erik Kenerson told a federal judge. Kenerson indicated that it's possible her cooperation ends by late March, and she may be able to be sentenced then or in early April. Her next court hearing is set for March 28.
    3/13/19 Update: Butina's attorney Robert Driscoll said the release might happen as early as “mid-April.” “It’s not guaranteed and up to the judge, but we’re hopeful. She faces five years. She faced 15 in the initial indictment. The plea allows us to argue for zero to six months.
     
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    Russian Agent Maria Butina To Be Sentenced April 26

    Maria Butina, the Russian woman who pleaded guilty last year to working as a clandestine agent in the United States, will be sentenced on April 26, U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan said Thursday.

    Butina, 30, sat silently in a green jump suit during the hearing. She faces a maximum of five years in prison but could receive zero to six months because of a plea deal.

    She was arrested in July and has been detained ever since, with federal prosecutors arguing that she was a flight risk.
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    Under the guidelines, she could be handed a sentence ranging from zero to six months in prison, NPR's Carrie Johnson reports. Her lawyer said he hopes she will be released on the time she has already served.
     
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    I wonder what her life will be back in Russia?
     
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    Justice Dept. asks judge to send Butina back to Russia after sentencing - CNNPolitics


    Washington (CNN)The Justice Department has formally asked a federal judge to send Maria Butina back to Russia after she is sentenced, which is scheduled for late April.

    The court documents filed Friday afternoon in advance of her sentencing acknowledge that she agrees not to return to the US for 10 years.
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    Driscoll (Butina's attorney) said earlier this week that he will ask the judge to sentence Butina to time already served.
     
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    If they think she spilled the secrets, my guess is not that good. Or that long.
     
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    Maria Butina, Accused Of Being Russian Agent, Reaches Plea Deal With Feds | Wheaton Business Journal


    Federal prosecutors have reached a plea deal with Maria Butina, the Russian woman who parlayed her interest in gun rights and her Republican Party connections into an unofficial influence campaign inside the U.S.

    Butina has agreed to plead guilty to a single charge of conspiracy to act as a Russian agent on America‘s soil without registering as required with the Justice Department.

    She faces a maximum of five years in prison but could serve far less time once she is sentenced next year.
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    Under the terms of the plea, which requires approval from Judge Tanya Chutkan, Butina will remain in federal custody and could be deported once her sentence is complete.
     
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    When I read that sentence re bold - I looked at the date of the article & it did say April 5, 2019.
    But she will be sentenced as far as the previous article said is on April 26th. Unless I missed "something"?!
     
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    Friday, April 26th:
    *Sentencing/Status Conference Hearing (@ 2:30pm ET) – DC – Maria Butina (29) arrested (7/15/18) & indicted (7/17/18) with conspiracy to & acting as a foreign agent & did not register with Justice Dept as a foreign agent of Russia Gov’t. Plead not guilty. Held without bail. Took plea deal and plead guilty.
    Court dates from 12/10/18 thru 2/22/19 reference post #46 here:
    DC - Maria Butina, 29, charged with spying for Moscow by 'infiltrating' NRA, Washington, 15 Jul 2018

    2/26/19 Update: Butina will stay jailed in the US for yet another month, as she continues to help prosecutors with other cases following her guilty plea in December. Butina's cooperation "is ongoing," prosecutor Erik Kenerson told a federal judge. Kenerson indicated that it's possible her cooperation ends by late March, and she may be able to be sentenced then or in early April. Her next court hearing is set for March 28.
    3/13/19 Update: Butina's attorney Robert Driscoll said the release might happen as early as “mid-April.” “It’s not guaranteed and up to the judge, but we’re hopeful. She faces five years. She faced 15 years in the initial indictment. The plea allows us to argue for zero to 6 months.

    3/28/19 Update: Sentencing scheduled for 4/26. She faces a maximum of five years in prison but could receive zero to six months because of a plea deal.
    4/4/19 Update: Federal prosecutors have reached a plea deal with Maria Butina. Butina has agreed to plead guilty to a single charge of conspiracy to act as a Russian agent on America‘s soil without registering as required with the Justice Dept. She faces a maximum of 5 years in prison but could serve far less time once she is sentenced. Under the terms of the plea, which requires approval from Judge Tanya Chutkan, Butina will remain in federal custody & could be deported once her sentence is complete. DA wants sentence to be 18 months.
     
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    She was just sentenced to 18 Months, with 9 Months off for time served. I guess she has to wait a bit before she can go back to Russia now that her Spy work here is done.
     
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