Monday, January 11, 2010

NH Tax Evader Gets 37 Years on Weapons Charges


A tax-evading man convicted of amassing an arsenal of weapons was sentenced Monday to 37 years in federal prison in a hearing punctuated by him laughing and chiding the judge and prosecutors, AP reports.

An attorney for Ed Brown had argued his client suffers from a delusional disorder and asked for the minimum mandatory sentence of 30 years, saying it was enough and amounted to a life sentence for the 67-year-old Brown. Prosecutors sought a sentence of almost 50 years in prison.

U.S. District Judge George Singal found Brown competent and decided on the sentence because Brown seemed "unrepentant.

As Singal was sentencing him, Brown started laughing and said, "Give me 500 years sir; make yourself happy." He then stood up and was escorted out of the courtroom.

The Browns were convicted of conspiracy to prevent their arrests, conspiracy to forcibly resist arrest, possessing weapons and explosives "in furtherance of crimes of violence," being felons in possession of firearms, obstruction of justice and failure to appear for sentencing.


  1. There is no mention of any factual harm done by him to anyone. The guy is 67 years old and still haven't killed anyone despite having a cache of weapons. Oh, right, he attempted to hurt the feelings of the zeitgeisted. Now he'll rot in prison for that, at least until gasenwagen is re-invented.