A federal judge has denied Bart Reagor’s request to remain on release pending the decision of his sentence appeal, recommending that Reagor be assigned to a medical facility that can properly treat him for progressive Parkinson’s disease.
U.S. District Judge Matthew J. Kacsmaryk filed an order on Monday telling the prosecution and defense in Bart Reagor’s sentencing to brief the court on whether Reagor should be remanded into custody or allowed to voluntarily surrender following his sentencing hearing on Thursday.
U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk found exhibits and testimony presented, “are sufficient evidence for a rational jury” to conclude Reagor was guilty of making a false statement to the International Bank of Commerce.
Federal agencies and defense attorneys for Bart Reagor now have a new timeline to file documents related to Reagor’s sentencing for false statement to a bank, after the judge extended the date for Reagor’s sentencing hearing.
Federal prosecutors say there was “overwhelming evidence” supporting the jury’s decision to convict Bart Reagor of making false statement to the International Bank of Commerce, and he knew his plan to acquire and distribute proceeds from a business loan was “dishonest and wrong.”
New documents from the defense team for Bart Reagor ask for acquittal from the judge on the charge Reagor was found guilty of in October, saying prosecutors did not adequately define or prove Reagor lied about the loan from the International Bank of Commerce.
“Here, Defendant offers nothing but speculation and conclusory supposition to facts that are common in jury trials... No jurors have come forward alleging misconduct by other jurors or outside persons,” U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk writes in his denial.
In response to Bart Reagor’s motion for his attorneys to interview the jurors post-verdict, the government says Reagor’s allegations fail to meet the “requisite evidentiary threshold for a post-verdict interview of the jurors,” and the court should deny the motion.
Bart Reagor left an Amarillo Federal Courtroom with a partial acquittal on Friday afternoon. After a day and a half of deliberations, jurors issued their unanimous decision for Bart Reagor’s charges about 3:45 p.m.
Closing arguments began Thursday morning in Bart Reagor’s bank fraud trial at the Amarillo Federal Courthouse. As of 10:18 a.m., the case was handed to the jury. If he is convicted, he faces up to 90 years in federal prison.
During the second day of testimony in the bank fraud trial for Bart Reagor, the defense announced to U.S. District Judge Matthew J. Kacsmaryk they will not call Rick Dykes as a witness, with no explanation given.
In opening statements the prosecution presented one of its key exhibits, an email from Bart Reagor to former RDAG Chief Financial Officer Shane Smith and RDAG co-owner Rick Dykes titled “handling capital.”
Jury selection began Monday morning for the former co-owner of the bankrupt Reagor-Dykes Auto Group trial. Bart Reagor is on trial for charges including bank fraud. Specifically, illegally keeping part of a business loan for himself.