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Sentencing delayed for wife of guilty congressman

The coronavirus was again blamed for the delay in the sentencing of Margaret Hunter who will now be sentenced June 8.

“In order to protect public safety and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, the parties jointly request that Margaret Hunter’s sentence be continued an additional 30 days,” stated the motion.

U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Whelan granted the motion April 27. Margaret Hunter, 44, who is the estranged wife of former Congressman Duncan Hunter, remains free on $10,000 bond.

Authorities have discouraged gatherings with more than 10 people in a room. Usually, there are almost 10 court personnel at a sentencing, leaving almost no room for family members, press, or the public.

When Duncan Hunter was sentenced March 17, Whelan noted there were 47 people present in the courtroom. At that time, guidelines recommended no more than 50 people.

Both Duncan Hunter, 43, of Alpine, and Margaret Hunter, 44, of La Mesa, have both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to use campaign funds of his donors.

Source: East County Californian

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