Dwight and his son Steven Hammond were convicted of arson and faced a mandatory minimum sentence of five years, mandated by the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996.
U.S. District Judge Michael R. Hogan said such a lengthy sentence "would not meet any idea I have of justice, proportionality ... it would be a sentence which would shock the conscience to me."
Hogan instead sentenced Dwight Hammond to three months in prison and Steven Hammond to a year and one day. However, in October 2015, a federal appeals court ordered them to be resentenced to the mandatory minimum.
In a statement Tuesday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders called that decision "unjust."
Not that Trump didn't have the rancher vote, but he's got them solidly on his side now. I wonder who in the DoJ appealed for the tougher sentence.
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