@AC ... Re: But...
The moral of the story is to first learn what you are talking about.
The DAs always talk hard and the harder they talk, the more likely the case against the person is BS.
They want him to take the plea deal because its a win for them and they can notch their belt and move on.
The question is what evidence does the FBI have against him?
In terms of getting an indictment, any evidence that is proffered is accepted at face value to be true. Its at trial when the defense team can take apart the evidence and convince a jury that he is innocent.
Taking a plea deal is an admission of guilt in exchange for a lighter sentence.
If they have real solid evidence, he should take the deal.
If they don't. He shouldn't.
If he's completely innocent, he shouldn't, and should fight it.
With a felony conviction, he could be free to go back to the UK, however, he will have no career in IT, and could be limited where he could travel. Some countries will refuse him entry because of his conviction.
I am not suggesting he is innocent or guilty, but that you need to understand the situation of what is real and what is not. You have a twisted fantasy of the guy being sent to supermax for a white collar crime.
Gen Pop would be way more dangerous, depending where he is sent.