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Money Laundering Defendant Describes Rats In MCC Gets Time Served Then Flight to Peru

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Sept 23 – Guillermo Jean Pierre Zagarra-Martinez pleaded guilty to money laundering; he faced a guideline sentence of 30 to 37 months then deportation to Peru.  

On September 23 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Vernon S. Broderick held his sentencing. Inner City Press covered it. 

 Zararra-Martinez' lawyer Sabrina Shroff, though constrained by the guilty plea, directed Judge Broderick to the fact that it was the U.S. government that was behind the conspiracy that her client joined.

She directed Judge Broderick to a recent ruling by his fellow SDNY Judge J. Paul Oetken in US v. Bokov / Litvintsuk, 18-cr-678 (JPO).  

 Zararra-Martinez himself spoke about the conditions in the Metropolitan Correctional Center, with rats and lockdown.

He said his lawyer has called to read him AUSA Jacob H. Gutwillig's sentencing submission, which he called dismissive of health concerns. Gutwillig wrote that "the defendant's medical charts describe consultations and treatment with MCC staff in January and May 2020, including May 2020 during which the defendant's sole complaint [REDACTED]."  

Judge Broderick before imposing sentence cited two other recent lockdowns in the MCC, the first due to the "suicide of an inmate" [Jeffrey Epstein's death] and the other due to the search for a firearm.

Then Judge Broderick imposed a sentence of 18 months. Since 28 months have already been served, it is effectively time served. It was said that ICE flights, to Peru and presumably elsewhere, start again on October 1.

The case is US v. Zagarra-Martinez, 15-cr-395 (Broderick). 


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