Prosecutors, legal professionals for Margaret Hunter ask courtroom to delay sentencing till April

Federal prosecutors and protection attorneys for Margaret Hunter, spouse of U.S. Rep. Duncan D. Hunter, requested the courtroom Tuesday to push again to April her sentencing on one rely of conspiracy.

Margaret Hunter reached a cope with prosecutors and pleaded guilty in June to the rely, which names Rep. Hunter, R-Alpine, as her sole co-conspirator.

As a part of the plea deal, she agreed to testify towards her husband, who has pleaded not responsible to a 60-count indictment filed towards the couple in August 2018. He says his prosecution is a partisan witch hunt.

The indictment accuses the couple of crimes associated to their alleged use of greater than $250,000 of political contributions meant for Hunter’s marketing campaign for private bills resembling video games, dental work, their youngsters’s non-public college tuition, a household trip to Italy and extra.

Duncan Hunter’s felony trial, initially scheduled to start out Sept. 10, has been delayed twice amid an enchantment within the ninth U.S. Circuit Courtroom of Appeals. His trial is scheduled for Jan. 22.

The movement filed Tuesday would delay Margaret Hunter’s sentencing, initially scheduled for Sept. 16, till after Duncan Hunter’s felony trial. His trial is anticipated to final a month or extra.

“The events respectfully request that Ms. Hunter’s sentencing listening to be rescheduled for April 6, 2020 (or another handy date for the Courtroom), in order that the trial and sentencing of Co-Defendant Duncan Hunter is ready to be accomplished previous to Ms. Hunter’s sentencing listening to in gentle of her ongoing cooperation obligations,” in keeping with the movement filed Tuesday.

Margaret Hunter faces as much as 5 years in jail however is anticipated to obtain a lighter sentence attributable to her cooperation.