30-year-old Russian Maria Butina, who confessed that he tried to establish contacts with Republicans and infiltrate the National rifle Association USA (NRA), will be sentenced April 26.
Thursday, March 28, the district judge of the United States Tanya Chutkan said that the record of the sentencing the prosecutors and defence team Butynol must be provided a week before the date of sentencing.
In February Chutkan deferred sentencing at the request of prosecutors, who argued that Butina cooperating with the investigation. According to them, she assisted in the ongoing investigation against the analyst Paul Erickson, with whom the Russians were in a relationship. The lawyer of Butynol Robert Driscoll said that his client is ready to a final court decision in his case.
Mary Butini had an affair with Republican Paul Erickson. Photo: Google
In December Butina has admitted to conspiring with a Russian officer and two Americans with the goal to infiltrate the NRA and establish relationships to the policy of Washington concerning Moscow became more friendly. The rifle Association was closely associated with conservatives and Republicans, including President Donald trump.
As part of the agreement on admission of guilt, prosecutors and lawyers agreed that the period of her detention would last six months. Perhaps after sentencing Butina will be released taking into account time already served, the prison and deported to Russia.
«We are pleased to see that the process is moving ahead», — said journalists the lawyer Driscoll, adding that they insist on sentencing, equal already spent in detention time.
Despite the speculation around this subject, the charges against Butynol was not part of the investigation conducted by special Prosecutor Robert Mueller about the Russian intervention in elections in 2016 in favor of trump, the results of which were recently published.