Following his suicide, we have learned that the Department of Justice has requested for Mark Salling’s charges to be dropped. As you may already know, the former Glee star pleaded guilty to possessing no less than 50,000 different images and videos depicting children in pornographic settings.
Official documents show that the U.S. Attorneys requested that a U.S. District Court judge dismisses the indictment issued against Salling in the aftermath of his passing on January 30.
The actor took his own life by hanging himself from a tree.
‘Pursuant to Rule 48 from the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, and by leave of court endorsed here on, the United States Attorney of the Central District of California hereby asks to dismiss the above referenced case of defendant Mark Wayne Salling, without prejudice,’ the filed motion reads.
Prosecutors apparently needed some documentation to legally prove Mark Salling’s passing.
This is also explained in the court documents’ footnote that reads: ‘While the government hasn’t reviewed official documentation, it’s been reliably informed and believed that defendant Salling is deceased.’
The official cause of death, as revealed by the spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Coroner, Ed Winter, was ‘asphyxia by hanging.’
The disgraced actor was only 35 years old.
According to DOJ spokesperson Thom Mrozek, ‘The judge has not yet granted the motion,’ but the decision should be taken in the near future.
The late actor was scheduled to be informed of his final sentence in March after he pleaded guilty to all of the charges.
Following the sentencing, Salling was set to spend between four and seven years behind bars.