|Sean David Morton and Melissa Ann Morton|
Morton was convicted in April on over 50 felony counts in federal court for a tax scheme he and his wife had perpetrated. Morton failed to show for his sentencing and became a wanted fugitive spending 61 days on the run before he and his wife were apprehended by federal agents at a hotel in Desert Hot Springs, California where the couple was staying to watch the solar eclipse on August 21st.
Melissa Morton was not a fugitive at the time of her arrest, but she had violated a release agreement in which she was not to have any contact with her fugitive husband pending her criminal sentencing.
The additional 22 months in prison prosecutors are asking for is due to Morton failing to appear for his sentencing. Prosecutors also noted in a recently filed sentencing recommendation Morton's appearance in a video with Kerry Cassidy of Project Camelot where Morton claimed there was no warrant issued for his arrest and claimed there was no evidence to convict him. In the video Morton called prosecutors in the case and the presiding judge "the biggest gang of criminals you're ever gonna' see."
Morton also claimed the federal government made over $417,000,000.00 from his criminal case through investment bonds, though Morton has not offered any evidence of this extremely wild claim. To hear Morton ramble on more, you can see the video here.
Morton and his wife are scheduled to be sentenced this coming Monday, September 18th at 11AM (PST). Morton's wife is facing 78 months in federal prison. The Mortons remain lodged without bail with prosecutors citing they both pose a significant flight risk.