The fact that the feds were pushing so hard for something to happen is unfortunate, but not beyond their rights, knowing from personal experience with a family member who entangled with the law, the state will throw everything possible at the defendant. They( the state) try to get you to take the plea and make it seem like the outcome will be so much worse if you go to trial, thats their job. As the defendant you must make a decision if you want to take the risk of loosing the battle, however the up side is if he was proven not guilty, that would have made a far bigger statement than his death. In a court of law you are presumed innocent always, unless you plead guilty. And it is up to the state to provide the evidence. You also have a right to a trial with a jury of your peers. If Aaron really wanted to change the world, he would have stayed here and fought the good fight. Doing what is right is not always easy, doing what is easy is not always right.