Franey Trial may be pushed back until December



The Montesano man accused of supporting ISIS may have his trial pushed back to December. A motion to continue the current date was filed on April 18 was filed by the federal public defenders of the case. The motion was filed on March 16. The motion asks that the new date of the trial be continued sometime before December of 2016. The additional time will give the defense on the case more time to review evidence.

Daniel Seth Franey has pleaded not guilty to five counts of unlawful possession of firearms. An undercover federal agent posed as a firearms trafficker and contacted Franey in the summer of 2015, and took Franey on what he thought were firearm sales trips. Franey was charged with three counts of unlawful possession of firearms and two counts of unlawful possession of a machine gun.

Franey had allegedly violated a firearm prohibition that was put in place by a woman in Illinois that had a protection order on Franey. Franey went on these "weapons sales" trips with the federal agent and was reported to be in possession of two Glock pistols, an AK-47 and an AR-15, while Franey believed that he was being a look-out for the agent.

Investigations on Franey began when concerned witnesses reported to law enforcement that they were worried about the man's views and words involving the terrorist group, ISIS.

Franey was arrested at his home in Montesano in February of 2015.