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Bronx Man With Murder Charge Mulled Lawyer Switch Now Co-Defendant Gets 222 Months

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Sept 20 – Victor Rodriguez was charged with murder in connection with a drug deal in front of 808 East 175th Street in The Bronx on April 18, 2020.

His case was being considered for the death penalty.

On July 15, 2020 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge P. Kevin Castel held a proceeding. Inner City Press covered it. 

 Rodriguez pled not guilty, but the main issue in the proceeding was whether Judge Castel will replace the Criminal Justice Act lawyer initially assigned to Rodriguez, Matthew Kluger of 888 Grand Concourse, with a "learned counsel" lawyer on the death penalty panel, Elizabeth Macedonio.  

Rodriguez told Judge Castel he is getting along well with Kluger and would like to continue with him. Judge Castel indicated that Macedonio will hold a separate legal call with Rodriguez this Friday or on Monday. 

 After that a third lawyer, Peter Quijano, was to report to Judge Castel under seal "defendant's wishes as to whether Mr. Kluger or Ms. Macedonio continue as his lead counsel."  

Jump cut to September 20, 2022, co-defendant Humberto Rodriguez: "Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge P. Kevin Castel: Sentencing held on 9/20/2022 for Humberto Rodriguez (1) Count 2s. Defendant Humberto Rodriguez present with attorney, Ariel Werner and Brittany Larson, LCSW. AUSA, Nicholas Chiuchiolo, present. Susan Ruiz HIS, present. Samuel Dobro - Paralegal, present. Court Reporter: Paula Horovitz. Defendant is sentenced to 222 months imprisonment, 5 years supervised release, restitution in the amount of $17,489, the fine is waived, and a special assessment of $100. Guilty to Count Two of the S2 Indictment."

The overall case is US v. Rodriguez, 20-cr-301 (Castel)


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