The Feds apparently didn't allow him to present the defense
that he thought he was operating in accordance with the law.
So the scenario that the jurors were allowed to hear was very
And apparently, what kicked the sentence up much higher was
the mere presence of a gun. (One of those gun laws that the
NRA means when they say they "support the enforcement of
existing gun laws"?).
Apparently, the feds offered Williams another deal "after"
his conviction - a big sentence reduction if he would agree
not to appeal. So they've got to be at least somewhat worried
about where it will go if he does.