U.S Supreme Court justice faces 395 years in prison for obstruction of justice
London, June 22, 2018 (AltAfrika)-A West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Justice, Allen H. Loughry II, is facing a possible sentence of up to 395 years in prison after been charged by a federal grand jury in a 22-count Indictment.
Assistant Special Agent in Charge Nick Boshears, whose office carried out the arrest of the Justice said: “Public corruption is a top investigative priority for the FBI.
“This morning, at approximately 7:30 a.m., Justice Loughry was arrested at his home by the FBI and brought to the Robert C. Byrd Courthouse in Charleston, West Virginia for processing and to schedule arraignment. The arrest of Justice Loughry was without incident and it is not expected he will be detained pending trial in this matter.
“For the past several weeks, public officials across West Virginia have been quick to condemn Justice Loughry, perhaps with the hope that the crisis in public confidence with the Supreme Court could be expediently resolved by lodging all culpability on just one person – Justice Loughry.
The 22-count Indictment charges Loughry with sixteen counts of mail fraud (Counts 2, 3, 4-17), which carry a penalty of up to 20 years for each count; two counts of wire fraud (Counts 1 and 18), which carry a penalty of up to 20 years for each count; three counts of making false statements to a federal agent (Counts 19-21), which carry a penalty of up to 5 years for each count; and one count of witness tampering (Count 22), which carries a penalty of up to 20 years.