United States v. Pugh, No. 17-1889 (2d Cir. 2019)Annotate this Case
Defendant appealed his conviction and sentence for attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization (count one) and obstruction of justice (count two). The Second Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction, holding that there was no error in admitting a draft of a letter addressed to his wife that pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State, because defendant failed to prove that he intended the letter to be a marital communication. The court also held that there was sufficient evidence to convict defendant of the crimes.
The court vacated defendant's sentence, holding that the district court failed to sufficiently articulate its reasoning for imposing the statutory maximum sentence. Accordingly, the court remanded for resentencing.
The court issued a subsequent related opinion or order on December 10, 2019.