The U.S. attorney's office insists in briefing papers filed with the judge that the Petters motion should be tossed if Petters does not prove that a formal plea offer existed and was not presented to him and that he "would have admitted his guilt and pleaded guilty" if given the opportunity.
Meshbesher said Petters did not learn about the possible plea offer until after his December 2009 conviction.
The attorney called Petters' 50-year sentence "disproportionately harsh" compared with other defendants in the case. Meshbesher added that Petters told his defense team "on multiple occasions" that he would plead guilty in exchange for a sentence of five to 20 years.
Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com