United States v. Hacha, No. 12-2142 (7th Cir. 2013)Annotate this Case
Hacha and his wife, Solano, extorted money from Solano’s former boyfriend, Tenorio. Hacha told Tenorio that he had kidnapped Solano and her children and would harm them and would harm Tenorio and Tenorio’s parents unless Tenorio paid ransom. After paying Hacha nearly $55,000, Tenorio contacted the FBI, which arrested Hacha after recording calls during which Hacha pretended to have shot Solano in the leg and broken her fingers, and in which she was heard screaming in the background. Hacha and Solano pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit extortion, 18 U.S.C. 371, and extortion. 18 U.S.C. 875(b). Both pleaded guilty. She was sentenced to 42 months in prison and he was sentenced to 87 months, the bottom of his guidelines sentencing range. His appointed counsel for an appeal of the sentence concluded that the appeal wholly lacked merit and moved to withdraw. The Seventh Circuit granted the motion and dismissed the appeal, rejecting arguments concerning acceptance of responsibility and an enhancement based on his “demonstrated ability to carry out” his threat to harm Solano and the others.