Tony Hulstein Sentence Slashed: No Jail Time, No Fine in Federal Firearms Case

Date posted - October 26, 2012

Sioux City, Iowa – In the culmination of a federal firearms case against a Sheldon man that lasted nearly five years, the U.S. District Court has sentenced Tony Hulstein Jr. to three years probation with no fine.

Hulstein tells KIWA that, in pronouncing the sentence, U.S. District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett said it was his opinion that Hulstein had already paid a high enough price:

Hulstein said Judge Bennett told him at the hearing that he (Hulstein) had paid a higher price than anyone who had come before him in District Court

Judge Bennett issued the statement during a hearing held Friday morning in District court. Hulstein was facing a maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, $500 in special assessments, and up to three years of supervised release following any imprisonment following the conviction on one count of dealing firearms without a license and four counts of traveling in interstate commerce to deal firearms. He was convicted by a jury on March 1st (2012), after a 3-day trial in federal court in Sioux City.

Hulstein was ordered to three years probation with 50 hours of community service each year and a $500 special assessment.

 

Here is our entire conversation with Mr. Hulstein (portions of the conversation have been edited for brevity):

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18 Responses to “Tony Hulstein Sentence Slashed: No Jail Time, No Fine in Federal Firearms Case”

  1. Toby Walsh says:

    What?

  2. Johning Bean says:

    I think after 5 years…leave him alone. He also did what is still a free country. I am happy for him.

    • John H says:

      What’s worse then an ACLU lawyer? An Civil Liberties lawyer turned Federal Judge that can act with absolute power and never be removed from the bench for any reason. This left wing radical judge is out of control his misuse of power is well documented in fact there is a website detailing his antics-actually crying when he sentences criminals, huge breaks for convicted child porn offenders. We need to look at what the jury found in this case-guilty ALL counts not acquitted. The judge should be ashamed of himself. Check out the website calling for bennett’s impeachment.

      • Jim Thomas says:

        John,
        What is worse than the self righteous using any and every law for the carnal pursuits of their self righteous enterprises?

  3. Attorney Holder of Fast and Furious should be sentenced to death for his crime and he is allowed a free pass. Let Hulstein go free.

  4. Barb D. says:

    He certainly did pay a high price…think of the lawyer fees to keep him out. This may be a “free country”, but what he did was break the law…I am dissapointed in the verdict.

  5. John H says:

    Also what’s the deal with the news person that did this story? I would say he is by far not impartial-I just listened to the interview-I don’t know what was worse tony’s embellishments or the interviewers slanted questions and one sidedness. Maybe the news should cover the news and actually get the story as opposed to taking the word of one guy.

  6. JoAnne Raabe says:

    Tony should have never been found guilty in the first place. He did everything he could do to NOT break the law. Thank God that he got a light sentence out of this. For those of you who think otherwise, it’s because you obviously don’t know him, or the whole situation. Praise God and Judge Bennett for this sentence.

  7. jay m says:

    judges like himcannot be removed or fired they dont have to answer to anybody,theren alot more to this story than what we are hearing,like to hear the prosecution side!

    • Doug says:

      They want you to think they cannot be removed.

      Any judge that persists in office to claim that he has the authority to make law is violating the standard of good behavior under the Constitution of the United States and therefore, is subject to forfeiture of office under the Common Law procedure of a civil action for the forfeiture of office.

  8. chris says:

    the only reason tony got away with this is because he must of knew somebody on the SHELDON MOB. they sweet talked him out of trouble.

  9. jay miler says:

    i think it was the proper decision . i am real familiar with the case he applied for a ffl license in 2006 and one of our agents told him he did not need affl license
    a big mistake on the government part

  10. jimmy miller says:

    tony applied for a ffl license in 2006. the atf came an did a personnel history interview and tony told the atf what his plans were. the atf told him he did
    not need a ffl license and the atf had a cancelation form the atf filled it out and
    had tony cancel his application. also a witness testified he was present and heard the conversation. the case should have been tossed out of court long ago. judge bennet said it was the biggest waste of tax payer money / time /
    and should have never come in front of him / it suprised me he didnt throw it
    out of court at the sentencing. hopefuly he still does for tony hulstein who
    is a innocent man. the prosecutor agreed with judge bennett /
    p s i was at the sentencing / i didnt see anyone else at the sentencing.

  11. GEORGE H says:

    GREAT I AM FAMILIAR WITH THE CASE AND TONY WAS SET UP BY THE SHELDON POLICE AN SHERIFF OF OBRIEN CTY . I NEW HE HAD APPLIED FOR A FFL LICENSE BEFORE HE STARTED HANDLING GUNS AND WAS TOLD HE DIDNT NEED ONE. THE ATF SHOULD BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS YOU CANT TEL SOMEONE THEY DONT NEED A LICENSE AND TURN AROUND AAN ARREST THEM

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