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Haenel Plea

Haenel Plea

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UNITEDSTATESDISTRICTCOURTEASTERNDISTRlCTOFMISSOURIEASTERNDIVISIONUNITEDSTATESOFAMERICA,Plaintiff,
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SCOTTWILLIAMHAENEL,Defendant.
GUILTYPLEAAGREEMENT
Comenowthepartiesandherebyagree,asfollows:
1.PARTIES:
ThepartiesarethedefendantSCOTTWILLIAMHAENEL,representedbydefensecounselMATTHEWT.SCHELP,andtheUnitedStatesofAmerica(hereinafter"UnitedStates"or"Government"),representedbytheOfficeoftheUnitedStatesAttorneyfortheEasternDistrictofMissouri.Thisagreementdoesnot,andisnotintendedto,bindanygovernmentalofficeoragencyotherthantheUnitedStatesAttorneyfortheEasternDistrictofMissouri.TheCourtisneitherapartytonorboundbythisagreement.
2.GUILTYPLEA:
PursuanttoRule11(c)(1)(A),FederalRulesofCriminalProcedure,inexchangeforthedefendant'svoluntarypleaofguiltytoCountsOneandTwoofthecharge,theUnitedStatesagreesthatnofurtherfederalprosecutionwillbebroughtinthisDistrictrelativetothedefendant'ssolicitationoracceptanceofabribeandobstructionofjusticefromDecember1,2010throughJanuary31,2011,ofwhichtheGovernmentisawareatthistime.
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addition,the
 
partiesagreethattheU.S.SentencingGuidelinesTotalOffenseLevelanalysisagreedtobythepartiesistheresultofnegotiationandled,inpart,totheguiltyplea.ThepartiesfurtheragreethatneitherpartyshallrequestasentenceaboveorbelowtheU.S.SentencingGuidelinesrange(combinationofTotalOffenseLevelandCriminalHistoryCategory)ultimatelydeterminedbytheCourtpursuanttoanychapteroftheGuidelines,Title18,UnitedStatesCode,Section3553,oranyotherprovisionorruleoflawnotaddressedherein.
3.ELEMENTS:CountOne.
AstoCountOne,thedefendantadmitstoknowinglyviolatingTitle18,UnitedStatesCode,Section666(a)(I)(B),andadmitsthereisafactualbasisforthepleaandfurtherfullyunderstandsthattheelementsofthecrimeare:1.DefendantwasanagentoftheBridgeton,MissouriPoliceDepartment;2.Defendantcorruptlyacceptedoragreedtoacceptforhisownbenefitapaymentof$5,000incash;3.DefendantintendedtobeinfluencedandrewardedinconnectionwithatransactionoraseriesoftransactionsoftheBridgeton,MissouriPoliceDepartmentinvolving$5,000ormore;and4.TheBridgeton,MissouriPoliceDepartmentwasanagencyofalocalgovernmentthatreceivedfederalassistancein'excessof$10,000duringtheone-yearperiodbeginningFebruary1,2010andendingJanuary31,2011.
CountTwo.
AstoCountTwo,thedefendantadmitstoknowinglyviolatingTitle18,UnitedStatesCode,Section1512(c),andadmitsthereisafactualbasisforthepleaandfurtherfullyunderstandsthattheelementsofthecrimeare:2
 
1.DefendantcorruptlyobstructedandimpededamoneylaunderinginvestigationbyagentsoftheDrugEnforcementAdministration;and2.Themoneylaunderinginvestigationwasanofficialfederalinvestigation.
4.FACTS:
Thepartiesagreethatthefactsinthiscaseareasfollowsandthatthegovernmentwouldprovethesefactsbeyondareasonabledoubtifthecaseweretogototrial.ThesefactsmaybeconsideredasrelevantconductpursuanttoSectionIB1.3:
AcceptingABribe
FromNovember2010throughtheendofJanuary2011,specialagentswiththeFederalBureauofInvestigation("FBI")wereconductinganongoingpubliccorruptioninvestigationintotheactivitiesofDefendantScottWilliamHaenel,whowasemployedasapoliceofficerwiththeBridgeton,MissouriPoliceDepartment("BPD").BPDwasandisanagencyofalocalgovernmentthatreceivedfederalassistanceinexcessof$10,000duringtheone-yearperiodbeginningFebruary1,2010andendingJanuary31,2011.DefendantalsowasassignedtotheNorthCountyMunicipalEnforcementGroup,alsoknownasthe"NorthCountyMEGUnit,"whichwasagroupoflawenforcementofficersfromvariousmunicipalpolicedepartmentstaskedwithinvestigatingandcurbingdrugcrimeinnorthSt.LouisCounty.DuringtheFBI'spubliccorruptioninvestigation,R.O.,whowascooperatingwithFBIspecialagents,metwiththeDefendantonseveraloccasionswhileDefendantwasinhiscapacityasapoliceofficer.OnJanuary11,2011,RO.metwiththeDefendantontheparkinglotofaTargetstoreinBridgeton,Missouri,withintheEasternDistrictofMissouri.Duringthismeeting,RO.paidtheDefendant$5,000incashwhichhadpreviouslybeenprovidedtoRO.bytheFBI3

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