Daniel and Lisa Bifield, the South Carolina couple charged with racketeering after an elaborate and expensive two-year-long sting, were sentenced this afternoon by Judge Cameron McGowan Currie.
Daniel Bifield was sentenced to a term in prison of 204 months. Judge Currie could have sentenced him to 240 months. Bifield, who turned 61 last September may be eligible for early release when he is 75. If he serves his full sentence, he will next be free when he is 78. He pled guilty to racketeering conspiracy last December.
Lisa Bifield was sentenced to serve 84 months in a federal prison. Mrs. Bifield will be 57 when she is released. She pled guilty to a firearms charge the same day her husband pled guilty to conspiracy. She could have been sentenced to as few as 60 months in prison but she refused to testify against her fellow defendants.
The official record in Judge Currie’s court, as opposed to other federal courts in the United States, does not consider sentencings to be a matter of public record. The entire public record of the sentencings reads:
“Minute Entry for proceedings held before Honorable Cameron McGowan Currie: Sentencing held on 5/29/2013 as to Lisa Ellen Bifield. No objections, court adopts PSR. Government motion for upward variance granted. Defendant remanded to custody. Court Reporter Jenny Williams. CJA Time 2:00-2:30.”
Witnesses to the proceedings report that Judge Currie recommended that both Bifields be sent to prisons in Florida.