Barrett Brown's Mother Faces a Year in Prison for Helping Son Hide Evidence


Karen Lancaster McCutchin is the mother of former Anonymous spokesman Barrett Brown, who faces up to 100 years in prison for an odd variety of charges. Last week, McCutchin agreed to plead guilty to obstructing the execution of a search warrant in connection with her son's arrest (h/t Softpedia).

The Dallas Observer reports that the charge stems from a March 6, 2012 FBI raid on McCutchin's home, where Brown was staying at the time. McCutchin refused to provide FBI agents with access to Brown's computers, so they left to get a search warrant. By the time they returned with the warrant a few hours later, McCutchin now acknowledges that she and Brown had hidden the computers.

In a Pastebin post on March 7, 2012, Brown recalled, "On the morning of the 6th, three FBI agents came to my mom's door and ... asked me if I had any laptops with me here at my mom's place that I wanted to give them. I responded in the negative, and they left ... the Feds came back a couple of hours later with a search warrant for my mom's place -- they fully intended to take a certain laptop, and did."

According to the plea agreement, McCutchin faces a sentence of up to 12 months in prison and a fine of up to $100,000, as well as "costs of incarceration and supervision."