SEATTLE -- The family of a University of Washington graduate convicted in Nicaragua is holding a news conference Tuesday in Seattle asking the State Department to intervene.
The family of 34-year-old Jason Puracal says he was wrongly convicted Monday of drug trafficking and money laundering charges.
"Our worst nightmare has come true here," said Puracal's sister Janis of Monday's conviction. "It is absolutely unacceptable what has happened to Jason, but we are all ready to keep fighting."
Puracal’s attorney, Anna Tolin, also spoke Tuesday in Puracal's defense.
"This verdict is outrageous and it fails to comport with anything that comes close to the minimum standards of justice and of fairness that we should expect,” said Tolin.
Puracal was arrested in November at his real estate office. He went to Nicaragua in 2002 with the Peace Corps and stayed to start a family and a business. He faces up to 30 years in prison when he is sentenced Sept. 6.