Federal Prisoner in Fairbanks Indicted for Soliciting the Murder of Federal Officers
ANCHORAGE, AK—U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that a Fairbanks man who is currently in federal custody at the Fairbanks Correctional Center awaiting sentencing on a number of felony charges has been indicted by a federal grand jury for soliciting the murder of federal officers. The one count indictment alleges that between September 8, 2014 and November 6, 2014, Guy Christopher Mannino, 56, of Fairbanks, solicited another person to commit the murder of multiple unnamed federal officers.
Mannino has been in custody at the Fairbanks Correctional Center since October 2013, following his indictment by a federal grand jury in August 2013, for a number of felony charges related to the unlawful possession and transfer of prohibited weapons, including a machinegun and silencers. Mannino plead guilty in March 2014, to three felony firearms charges for unlawfully possessing and transferring a machinegun equipped with a silencer, as well as an additional felony count of concealing assets from the federal bankruptcy court and creditors in a bankruptcy action which had been filed by Mannino in 2011. He has been in custody awaiting sentencing on those charges, with his sentencing presently scheduled for December 1, 2014.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Bottini, who presented the case to the grand jury, indicated that the law provides for a sentence of up to 20 years, as well as a fine of $250,000 and up to five years of supervised release following service of a prison sentence for each count. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Alaska State Troopers conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.