CONCORD, N.H. – The sentencing of a former telemarketer who pleaded guilty in a Republican phone-jamming plot against New Hampshire Democrats has been postponed until April.
Shaun Hansen, of Spokane, Wash., pleaded guilty in November to conspiracy to commit interstate telephone harassment and to making the calls. He was scheduled to be sentenced in federal court on Tuesday. Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Steven McAuliffe agreed to reset the sentencing to April 24.
"The defendant lives in Washington state, which has made conferring with counsel difficult," New Hampshire defense attorney Jeffrey Levin wrote in his motion asking for more time. "Also, defense counsel is still investigating certain matters relevant to sentencing and could use additional time to complete such investigation."
In 2002, Hansen owned Mylo Enterprises, an Idaho telemarketing company prosecutors say received $2,500 to place hundreds of hang-up telephone calls to Democratic get-out-the-vote phone banks and a ride-to-the-polls line run by Manchester's firefighters union on Election Day.
Three former Republican officials were convicted in the phone-jamming plot. Former state Republican Committee Executive Director Chuck McGee served seven months in federal prison after admitting to devising the scheme.