Gay Porn Star Faces 59-Months In Prison Over Marijuana Charges

But to be fair it’s a hella lot of weed.

Towleroad reported today that, “Chris Bines (aka Steven Michael Sholly) was sentenced to nearly five years in prison in April 2018 for a $3.5 million marijuana trafficking and money laundering conspiracy. Bines, an actor for Falcon Studios, Men.com, and Randy Blue, was convicted in October 2017 and sentenced with four others last week. Bines was sentenced to 59 months.”

Courthouse News reports that Sholly/Bines’ attorney John Anthony Terrazza is now arguing his punishment should be overturned, saying “that his client’s sentence was determined based on inadequate findings of fact.”
Argued Terrazza: “There was no large-scale seizure of drugs in this case. That left the court in a position where it had to estimate the drug quantity.”

U.S. Circuit Judge Beverly Martin replied that “the law permits judges to do that though.”

Replied Terrazza: “Yes, but the judge didn’t make specific findings about whether the evidence used to calculate the drug quantity was reliable. … Reliability is consistency and corroboration of evidence. There was neither in Sholly’s case.”

The Northescambia reported two years ago:

A federal grand jury returned an indictment, charging eight  defendants with conspiracy to distribute marijuana, four of whom were charged with being involved with 100 kilograms or more of marijuana. Additionally, seven of the defendants were charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering.

The defendants are:

• Charles Zachariah Sindylek, 31, Pensacola, Florida;
• Brandon Craig Remeyer, 34, Mission Viejo, California;
• Sanford Eugene Johnson III, 31, Pensacola, Florida;
• William Brett Brownell, 26, Milton, Florida;
• William Ezra Brownell (Brett’s father), 60, Mobile, Alabama;
• David Delgiacco, 55, Lake Forest, California;
• Andrew Paul Marcelonis, 31, Pensacola, Florida; and
• Steven Ryan Michael Sholly, 30, Pensacola, Florida.

The indictment alleges that, between January 2014 and June 2017, the defendants conspired to distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana. It specifically alleges Sindylek, Remeyer, Johnson, and William Brett Brownell were responsible for involving 100 kilograms or more of marijuana in the conspiracy. The indictment also alleges that during the same time  period, Sindylek, Remeyer, Johnson, both Brownells, Delgiacco, and Marcelonis conspired to launder money by transferring cash proceeds of the drug trafficking conspiracy through financial institutions. The trial is scheduled for August 28 at the United States Courthouse in Pensacola.

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