Hunter sentence delayed again

Margaret Hunter’s sentencing was moved to July 6 in the third sentenc­ing delay because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Hunter, 44, was to be sentenced on June 8. Her case and hundreds of others have had many delays as a result of the state of emergency.

“In light of the court’s latest order addressing the judicial emergency, and in order to protect public safety and prevent the spread of the CO­VID-19 outbreak, the parties jointly request that Margaret Hunter’s sen­tencing be continued until July 6, 2020,” the motion stated.

Authorities have discouraged gatherings with more than 10 people in a room.

U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Whelan granted the delay for Hunt­er, 44, who is the estranged wife of former Congressman Duncan Hunter, 43, of Alpine.

Whelan earlier ruled that Duncan Hunter won’t have to surrender to federal prison until Jan. 4, 2021 because of the spread of COVID-19 in federal prisons. He sentenced Hunter to 11 months in prison on March 17.

The Hunters both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to use campaign funds of his donors. They are both free on $15,000 and $10,000 bond respec­tively.


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