In February, former Trump associate Roger Stone was sentenced to over three years in prison for making false statements to federal investigators during the Trump–Russia collusion probe.
Stone is scheduled to surrender to prison next month, and now, he’s making it clear that he does not expect to come out alive, according to Breitbart.
“I’m looking at a virtual death sentence in two weeks,” Stone declared during a radio interview with Breitbart News Saturday.
The political operative pointed to the high prevalence of COVID-19 at the federal facility to which he will be sent, and also referenced other health problems from which he already suffers.
Stone laments “death sentence”
“I’m 69 years old,” Stone told Breitbart. “I’ve had asthma my entire life. Sending me to Georgia, to Jessup, immediately, is a death sentence,” he told host Ed Martin.
“Actually, that’s the idea, and here’s why, Judge Amy Berman Jackson cannot afford to have my appeal get to a hearing, because when I do get to a hearing, I will expose her [and] the epic corruption of the clerks, and the epic corruption of the prosecutors,” he added.
“It’s the end of the line for them,” Stone went on to assert, according to Breitbart. “They need Roger Stone to die in a squalid hellhole of coronavirus.”
Complaining about the health dangers he believes he is about to encounter, Stone said: “Wayne County has five hundred employees who work in the correctional facility. The [coronavirus] infection rate in Wayne County today is 25% of the population and growing.”
Serious corruption alleged
The former Trump confidant then accused both former Special Counsel Robert Mueller and Judge Berman of having engaged in corrupt behavior, saying, “Mueller and his thugs offered me a deal, after bankrupting me [and] after threatening to jail me over this false allegation that I threatened the judge.”
Those comments were in reference to an episode when Stone made an Instagram post criticizing Berman in which her picture and an image depicting crosshairs were juxtaposed, something Stone denied was intended as a threat.
“They would recommend to Judge Jackson that I serve no time all,” Stone claimed. “All I had to do was roll on Donald Trump. All I had to do was bear false witness against him, and I said, ‘No. Absolutely not.’ That’s why I’m in this situation today.”
Whether Trump will intervene on his old friend’s behalf and grant clemency in the case remains to be seen, though if the president’s recent retweet of a petition in support of a Stone pardon is any indication, perhaps the aforementioned “death sentence” can be avoided after all.