Sentencing in Matt Hale case scheduled for Aug. 23

CHICAGO – White supremacist Matt Hale, who was convicted April 26 of encouraging an associate to kill a federal judge, is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 23.

A jury found Hale guilty of one count of murder solicitation and three counts of obstructing justice. James Moody, the U.S. District judge who presided over Hale’s trial in Chicago, recently notified prosecutors and defense attorneys about the sentencing date.

Hale, 32, of East Peoria faces a combined maximum of 50 years in prison, although his sentence is expected to be less under federal sentencing guidelines.

The leader of the largely defunct World Church of the Creator was arrested in January 2003 and charged with soliciting the murder of U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow, who oversaw a trademark lawsuit that Hale’s group lost. Central to the case were secretly tape-recorded conversations between Hale and an FBI mole posing as his bodyguard.

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