OMAHA, NE – Brandon Straka, the 45-year-old founder of the Walk Away Campaign, which when formed in 2018 was a means to urge Democrats to vote Republican, is reportedly getting a sentence recommendation of four months of house arrest with probation regarding his exploits on January 6th.
This relatively light sentence comes after reports circulated in December of 2021 that noted Straka was cooperating with investigators in a manner that could “impact the government’s sentencing recommendation.”
On January 13th, federal prosecutors filed their sentencing recommendation for Straka for his exploits while at the Capitol on January 6th of 2020 which recommended four months of house arrest, three years of probation, and 60 hours of community service alongside $500 restitution.
Back in October of 2021, Straka had pleaded guilty to 40 U.S.C. § 5104(e)(2)(d), which could see a penalty of up to six months in federal prison. However, the original charges that Straka was facing could’ve seen him doing up to ten years in prison, as he was originally charged with 18 U.S.C. § 1752(a)(1) and (2), per Straka’s original charging document.
But since Straka had managed to secure a plea deal for the federal equivalent of disorderly conduct, he’s clearly not looking at a decade in prison.
However, Straka managed to avoid any jail time, getting the equivalent of a slap on the wrist with house arrest – which house arrest in most cases is really just an iteration of intense probation since those subjected to it can still have allocated time for work and shopping/grocery trips, often dubbed as “pre-approved activities.”
Yet the leniency on Straka tends to make a lot more sense when reviewing a December 17th filing by federal prosecutors that sought an extension to his sentencing that was originally scheduled for December 22nd, 2021 that pushed it out to January 20th, 2022.
“On December 8, 2021, the defendant provided counsel for the government with information that may impact the government’s sentencing recommendation. Additionally, the government is requesting additional time to investigate information provided in the Final Pre-Sentence Report. Because the government’s sentencing recommendation may be impacted based on the newly discovered information, the government and defendant request a 30-day continuance of this case so that the information can be properly evaluated.”
For those that aren’t hip to the legalese of court filings, this filing noted that Straka was funneling information to investigators – so much so that they needed an extra thirty days to extract and digest that information.
We at Red Voice Media spoke with political activist and investigative journalist Jonathan Riches for his take on the Straka case and reached sentencing agreement, and Riches says that Straka was suspicious from the start when he magically went from liberal to MAGA conservative out of nowhere in 2018.
“I mean they say Antifa infiltrated the Capitol. Straka to me is Antifa. Weaseled his way into the MAGA movement and was caught on camera telling Trump supporters to take the officers shield.”
Riches pointed to the plea agreement filed in October that was signed by Straka, which allowed federal investigators to pour through all of Straka’s social media while he cooperated with investigators throughout the process.
“He gave the Feds a treasure trove of info on other Trump Supporters. That’s what his plea bargain required him to do. In return, he gets delayed sentencing for providing substantial assistance, and the government asking for house arrest and 3 years’ probation. Assuming he will continue to cooperate to get off probation early. He basically gave the feds every name in the Walk Away movement that contributed, commented on his sites, messaged him, etc.”
While it’s speculative that Straka was/is a grifter within the realm of the conservative movement amidst the Trump era, it’s more than confirmed that he had cooperated with federal authorities in exchange for a more lenient sentence.
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