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Belliard or Montas Defendant Speaks Movingly of Welding and Addiction Gets 48 Months in SDNY

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, June 23 – Anthony Belliard was arrested as part of a multi-defendant narcotics conspiracy.

He spoke with the government and on June 23, under the name Jafet Montas, was asking for time served. U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Chief Judge Colleen McMahon held the sentencing. Inner City Press covered it. 

  The defendants lawyer explained that Montas is the name his client uses. He said he was a low level look-out, in the conspiracy mostly to have access to heroin, to which he was addicted. 

  Assistant US Attorney Domenic Gentile countered that the defendant was trusted enough to carry the drugs to the street dealers, as well as to fill in for them sometimes. There was a dispute about abuse in prison that Inner City Press is choosing not to report, at least until a promised investigative report is filed, if it is.  

 The defendant spoke for himself, movingly, about losing his father who was a hard worker, what ever else he did, and about wanting to learn welding. Judge McMahon wished him well, while sentencing him to 48 months.

The case is US v. Belliard, 18-cr-802 (McMahon).


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