Bank robbery sentencing postponed for NH man who held hostages at Clinton campaign office
CONCORD — The man known for holding hostages at a Clinton campaign office in 2007 had his first sentencing hearing for charges of bank robbery and cocaine possession Friday.
Leeland Eisenberg, 55, of Concord, plead guilty to robbing a bank and being in possession of over 6.5 grams of cocaine back in February. Friday marked what would be the first attempt to sentence Eisenberg on the two charges.
Mental health was the driving factor in how long the sentence would be and what it would entail. Eisenberg has been outspoken about his mental illnesses and his attorney cited problems with continual medication as the recurring factor for Eisenberg's long criminal record.
In an agreement between the prosecution and Eisenberg's attorney, the sentence would be five years imprisonment with an additional 3 years of supervised release for the charge of robbery. During the supervised release, he would be carefully monitored and entered into a program to ensure proper medication.
After a short discussion and concern from the judge that the sentence would be too short, it was proposed that an additional two years of supervised release be served for the charge of possession.
Due to a need for additional research into the possibility of adding the two years of supervised release, the sentencing was postponed.
The next sentencing hearing for Eisenberg will be June 16 at 10 a.m. at U.S. District Court in Concord.