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In SDNY Mag Court Molotov Mental Health Miracle Frees Pabey on Arson Charges

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Nov 12 – Christopher Pabey was charged with throwing a bottle full of gasoline, a Molotov cocktail, at a building six days after having through a glass Champagne bottle at it. But on November 12 in the Magistrates Court of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the U.S. Attorney was deemed not to have carried its burden to detail the incindiary Mr. Pabey. He was released, that very night, to the custody of his mother (he is 27 years old). And hours after his release, his case remained sealed on PACER.

  His parents, it must be said, waited all day in the Mag Court. And his Federal Defender told Magistrate Judge Katharine H. Parker that it was all due to bipolar disorder, now controlled by an injection. Judge Parker began was asking about the victim, the building owner, and ended by freeing Pabey. Call it a #MolotovMiracle. The case number, still sealed as of this writing past 9 pm, is 19-mj10593, presumably US v. Pabey.

This is the benefit from having a docket number, unsealed case and complaint: back on April 20, police set up outside 931 East 181st Street in The Bronx at 6:20 am, hoping to catch domestic violence suspect Gilberto Minaya on his way to work. As he walked out then south on Daly Avenue they apprehended him from behind.   "You guys are good," he said. "I didn't see you coming."

   In Minaya's waistband, they found a gun, a .32 caliber Ceska-Zbrojovka semi-automatic, loaded and operable.

   Now on November 12, Minaya appeared in before Magistrate Judge Katharine H. Parker of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to plead guilty.

  He didn't have a plea deal but only a letter from the US Attorney's Office estimating that his sentencing guidelines, based on having this gun after being convicted of a felony in 2006, would be between 37 and 46 months.

    It is SDNY Chief Judge Colleen McMahon who will sentence him, on February 26. The case is US v. Minaya, 19-cr-487 (McMahon / Parker).


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