Vickie Singer begged Thursday to be released to her home pending an appeal of her sentence, while her lawyer indicated the appeal issue should be fought up to the United States Supreme Court.
Singer was sentenced to the lightest term of any of the four family members convicted in the January bombing of the Marion LDS Stake Center, the armed standoff with lawmen or the shoot-out that ended the siege. She received probation for her involvement with the bombing and standoff, and a minimum-mandatory sentence of five years for possession of the bomb.At the time, U.S. District Chief Judge Bruce S. Jenkins showed he was highly displeased with minimum sentences because they don't allow a judge to tailor the sentence to the individual defendant.
It is that issue that Singer's lawyer, Kathyrn Collard, has appealed to the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. She said the mandatory sentence does not permit a judge to fit the defendant to the crime in his sentencing.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Lambert said Singer's ideas haven't changed. "Given an inspiration that she might receive, she's entirely capable of participating in another confrontation."
Jenkins said Collard has until Tuesday to file briefs about the appeals issue and Lambert has until the following Friday to respond.
Meanwhile, Singer remains in jail.