The Fourth Circuit yesterday released an unpublished opinion affirming the conviction of, and 400-year sentence imposed upon, Timothy Poole. Judge Duncan wrote the opinion, in which Judge Agee and Senior Judge Damon Keith (of the Sixth Circuit) joined.
Poole was convicted of several counts of mail and wire fraud, and one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud. The heavy sentence resulted from the application of a first-degree murder cross-reference. The government alleged and proved that Poole killed his adoptive mother and her husband in an attempt to inherit from his adoptive mother’s estate. Interestingly, Poole was first arrested and charged in the state system, but was released by a part-time magistrate who found insufficient evidence to present Poole’s case to a grand jury. Earlier news coverage here and here.