United States v. Hersom, No. 10-1555 (1st Cir. 2011)Annotate this Case
Defendant entered a guilty plea to arson of a building owned by an organization receiving federal financial assistance, 18 U.S.C. 844(f). After a prior appeal led to remand for resentencing, defendant appealed the district court's denial of his motion to withdraw his plea. The First Circuit affirmed. The loan scheme in question fit the statutory definition, even though the federal funds had been disbursed before the arson. An arsonist would be fairly warned that the building was related to a current federal loan.