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Rosario Who Sold Drugs That Killed Spiteri Gets 10 Years After Mother Speaks in SDNY

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Maxwell Book
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, April 28 – Jaime Rosario was up for sentencing for selling the drugs that killed Rachel Spiteri on June 19, 2019.           

     On April 28, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Loretta A. Preska held the sentencing proceeding. Inner City Press covered it, and live tweeted it, here 

Rachel Spiteri's mother has called in to make a victim's impact statement. But the AT&T and court line are not (yet) merged. 

Arlene Spiteri: Please consider Rachel in this sentencing. She will not be given a second chance. Our sentence is life long. I don't know what to say. I just hope that sentencing people who sell drugs that cause death will help 

From the docket: Rosario dealt out of his Astoria, Queens apartment.

 Jenna Spiteri: Rosario should have gotten a real job. Jaime Rosario: I humbly ask you to forgive me. Selling drugs to make money was wrong.

 Jaime Rosario: I wish I could turn back the hands of time and take that shame away. All I can say how sorry I am to my family, this court, and the community against whom I have trespassed. I have reflected how I can improve when I am released 

Jaime Rosario: I haven't seen my children physically in 24 months due to the pandemic. It has impacted me. I fear that my youngest children may have forgotten what I look like. I would like to acknowledge the Spiteri family lost their daughter, which is worse. Thank you, your Honor.

  Judge Preska: Mr. Rosario has some criminal history, including involving firearms. It is my intention to impose a sentence of 120 months [ten years], five years of supervised release, substance abuse and search conditions, no fine.

The case is US v. Rosario, 19-cr-807 (Preska) 

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