Trail, Boswell sentenced in federal fraud case
A federal judge on Friday sent Aubrey Trail to prison for 10 years and sentenced his girlfriend, Bailey Boswell, to five years in prison for their role in a fraud case.
Both former Wilber residents, who face unrelated murder charges in the death of Sydney Loofe, pleaded guilty in May to a single count of interstate transportation of stolen goods.
Trail interrupted U.S. District Judge John Gerrard as he announced his sentence Friday afternoon, saying “I’m facing the death penalty. I don’t care what you give me.”
This week, state prosecutors made clear they would seek the death penalty against both Boswell and Trail in the first-degree murder of Loofe and unlawful disposal of her remains.
In Friday’s sentencing hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Russell said Trail has engaged in nothing but criminal activity from the age of 17 to 51, adding “Mr. Trail is going to commit crimes when Mr. Trail is out.”
Gerrard gave him the maximum sentence, telling Trail that his scheme was “beyond the pale,” devastated his victims and “you’ve shown not one speck of remorse.”
In a rambling statement, Trail thanked the prosecutor for not taking him to trial and for the first time insinuated that Loofe had some involvement in the crime.
The 24-year-old Lincoln woman went missing after a Nov. 15 date with Boswell. Her dismembered remains were found in trash bags Dec. 4 and Dec. 5 in rural Clay County.
Earlier Friday, Gerrard went beyond sentencing guidelines in giving Boswell five years in federal prison.
“What I didn’t hear was one iota of remorse,” he said.
In the fraud case, Russell last spring laid out how Boswell helped Trail scam a Hiawatha, Kansas, couple, identified only as M.E. and B.E., of hundreds of thousands of dollars by claiming a gold coin was worth far more than it was. The plot involved a website and Boswell acting as a broker to sell it.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Cheryl Zwart asked Boswell at the time what she did to get the Kansas man to travel to Beatrice to meet her in a parking lot Oct. 20, and give her $5,000 and a gun.
“I just went there because Aubrey told me to go,” she said.
But she said she knew the coin wasn’t worth much and it was all a scam.
The couple lost nearly $200,000 as they neared retirement, federal officials have said. “They simply lost their lives,” Russell said in court Friday.
Earlier, Russell said Trail, who had given the Kansas couple a fake name, was responsible for duping them into giving him $375,000 between December 2015 and Nov. 7, 2017.
Specifically, Russell said, Trail was pleading to a charge for getting the couple to drive from Kansas to Falls City on Aug. 24, 2016, to give him $12,000 they thought was going toward the coin’s sale.
Before U.S. Marshals escorted Boswell out of the courtroom on Friday, she turned to her grandmother, who was wiping away tears, and said almost in a whisper, “I love you, too.”
Boswell is to appear in court Monday in Wilber on murder charges.