In 2010 a then 33-year-old Michael E. Begin of Bradford, Pennsylvania was arrested for soliciting sex from a 14-year-old girl online. He posed as a 20-year-old Marine sniper who also happened to be of Cherokee descent. When he was arrested at the meeting place he had condoms, handcuffs and a knife in his possession. Last year, he was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.
Now the fake sniper but real predator will be receiving a new sentence…
The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says a federal judge didn’t consider arguments from Michael Begin’s defense attorney that the sentence might be unduly harsh.
Unduly harsh? You have got to be kidding me. Investigators put a stop to what could have been the brutal rape, torture, and murder of a 14-year-old girl, and they want to talk about how a 20-year prison sentence is unduly harsh to a scumbag child predator? At the time of his arrest, he was already a registered sex offender for charges of corruption of minors, indecent assault, and indecent exposure in 2000. This is just one of the many things that are wrong with our justice system.
With any luck, he’ll get an even longer sentence, but I doubt that will happen.