|Schmidt’s sentencing delayed again until Dec. 19|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Wednesday, 27 November 2013 10:34|
The sentencing of a former Woodland Mall business owner on federal charges has been delayed in U.S. District Court for the third time.
Richard Schmidt, 47, Toledo, who owned Spindletop Sports Zone, pleaded guilty in July to two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, being a felon in possession of body armor, and trafficking in counterfeit goods.
The plea was entered as "conditional," allowing him to file an appeal on an evidentiary issue.
Schmidt was scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 31, but the matter has been delayed three times since then, and is currently scheduled for Dec. 19 at 1 p.m. in the courtroom of U.S. District Court Judge Jack Zouhary.
Schmidt was arrested on Dec. 21, 2012 after FBI search warrants were executed at his home and the business.
In addition to alleged counterfeit goods, Schmidt was found to be in possession of 20 firearms, including pistols, assault rifles and shotguns, and nearly 40,500 rounds of ammunition. One of the weapons in his possession had been reported stolen.
Schmidt, who has a previous manslaughter conviction, is therefore not legally permitted to possess firearms.
Reportedly, the investigation into the matter revealed alleged ties by Schmidt to the white supremacist movement, as well as his own writings in that vein. The charges are not tied to that issue.
The government's sentencing memorandum in the case, filed Nov. 19, contested a claim by Schmidt that he was a firearms collector, stating instead that he "quite simply, was a well-funded, well-armed, and focused one-man army of racial and religious hate."
In the most recent continuance motion, Schmidt's attorney, Edward Bryan, took issue with the government's allegations that the weapons were "to be used in an eventual hate-filled race war."
It was in light of that assertion, as well as other legal arguments by the prosecution in their sentencing memorandum, that the defense sought the most recent continuance of the case to respond to the arguments.
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