On September 23, 2021, the FBI in Denver issued a statement and warrant. In this article, I’ve explained the Brian Laundrie arrest warrant, including what the charges meant and how they relate to the Gabby Petito case.
The Brian Laundrie Arrest Warrant Explained
The FBI sent out a tweet about its arrest warrant:
— FBI Denver (@FBIDenver) September 23, 2021
Brian Laundrie was indicted under 18 U.S.C. § 1029(a)(i) “Use of Unauthorized Devices.” The warrant alleges that Brian Laundrie basically committed credit card theft on Gabby Petito’s Capital One card. The total was for about $1,000 between August 30, 2021, and September 1, 2021.
FBI Denver Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider stated in a now-removed tweet that “While this warrant allows law enforcement to arrest Mr. Laundrie, the FBI and our partners across the country continue to investigate the facts and circumstances of Ms. Petito’s homicide.”
In other words, they are trying to arrest Brian Laundrie on a credit card charge, when they actually want him for Gabby Petito’s homicide.
Brian Laundrie was charged in the United States District Court of Wyoming, which is part of the Tenth Circuit.
18 U.S.C. § 1029(a)(1) states:
Maureen’s Legal Bottom Line
Financial arrests are common, especially with organized crime and drug money laundering. The mobster Al Capone was found guilty of tax evasion, not whatever violent crimes he committed. In some circumstances, that’s what it takes to get the bad guy. In this particular incident, we have no idea what happened to Gabby Petito, except that her autopsy showed that she was strangled to death. I don’t have any doubts that Brian Laundrie would have been convicted of murder, if for no other reason than because the case was a social media sensation.
The larger issue, the one that made him look bad in the eyes of the social media, was that Brian Laundrie refused to speak, about anything, upon advice from his attorney. And no matter how you feel about Brian Laundrie, that is absolutely the correct advice. Never, ever speak to the police without an attorney present. It’s your Constitutional right.
Also, get your arrest warrant correct. If I am reading it correctly (and I’m fully aware that I might not be), then the FBI charged him incorrectly.
What are your thoughts about the Brian Laundrie arrest warrant? Let me know in the comments!
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