Former Chiropractor Sentenced to 17 Years in Prison for Soliciting the Murder of a Witness and Federal Law Enforcement Officers
June 16, 2016
Mannino, a former chiropractor who practiced for several years in Fairbanks, was indicted by a federal grand jury in July 2015 for soliciting several murders while he was in custody at the Fairbanks Correctional Center on an earlier federal prosecution. Mannino had been indicted by another federal grand jury in August 2013 for a number of felony charges related to the unlawful possession and transfer of prohibited weapons, including a machinegun and silencers. While in custody on that case, Mannino solicited another prisoner to murder the principal witness against him, as well as some of the federal law enforcement agents who had been involved in the investigation of the first case.
Mannino proceeded to trial on the murder solicitation charges in February 2016 in Fairbanks, and, following a four-day jury trial, he was found guilty on three of the five counts charged. As a result of those convictions, Mannino faced a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years on each of the counts of conviction.
In imposing the 17-year sentence on Mannino, Senior U.S. District Judge Ralph R. Beistline noted that Mannino had engaged in extremely dangerous conduct in soliciting the murders, and that the trial jury concluded that he intended that these murders actually occur, rather than his conduct simply being “jail house talk” between inmates as Mannino had contended.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), and the Alaska State Troopers (AST) conducted the investigation leading to the indictment and convictions in this case.
Edited by Mary Kauffman, SitNews
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