Pandering to criminals has deadly consequences and it must stop. Today!
Exhibit A is the Ana Walshe murder case. Her husband, Brian, is accused of dismembering her body and disposing of it in dumpsters.
He never should have even been free at the time of her alleged New Year’s murder. He pleaded guilty on April 1, 2021, in federal court in Boston to four fraud charges. It was all due to his peddling of fake Andy Warhol art.
Yet, he was never sentenced. The pandemic raged, a battle over his dad’s estate dragged on and Brian Walshe remained free. Federal prosecutors raised red flags, writing in a sentencing memo last year that the now-accused murderer’s behavior “cast doubt on the defendant’s rehabilitation.”
Prosecutors were saying it was time to lock him up. They pressed, writing: “The government repeats its original request that the Court impose a sentence of 30 months’ imprisonment, which is the low end of the range,” that memo dated June 6, 2022, states.
You read that now and ask where was the urgency? Brian Walshe was bad and getting worse, the feds say. He committed “likely crimes” relating to his father’s estate and “misled probation.”
Yet out of jail he remained.
He also “misled” the court about his “true financial situation,” the memo states. And “restitution due to the victims” was lax. He also “likely committed fraud and embezzlement,” prosecutors added. His dad was a doctor, he was doctoring the truth.
The noose was tightening around a life of lies — still, he remained on the prowl.
The courts moved at a snail’s pace and now three young boys have no mom and a dad accused of chopping her up. “Varsity Blues” defendants Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman did more time than Brian Walshe. So why the delay for an art fraudster?
Reading that “supplemental sentencing memorandum” submitted to federal Judge Douglas Woodlock is chilling.
“The defendant’s actions while the (art fraud) case was pending and he was under the Court’s supervision, refute the defendant’s contention that he is truly rehabilitated and therefore did not need a sentence of imprisonment. In this case, both the defendant’s conviction and his actions while under supervision call for a sentence of imprisonment,” three Assistant U.S. Attorneys wrote.
This case is horrific and so frustrating it makes you wonder if the courts have lost all touch with reality. Have we become too numbed to suffering? Is our woke culture infecting common sense?
Brian Walshe should have been in federal prison on June 7, 2022, the day after the sentencing memo was filed. We’ll post it at the bottom of this editorial online at bostonherald.com for you to see.
Everyone should read it. It’s a shame not enough did.
JUNE 6, 2022: Sentencing document on Brian Walshe