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One Man With Life Sentence For Burning Man To Death Gets 30 Years Now 2nd Man Tries

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Sept 2 –  Diego B. Rodriguez was given a life sentence for the murder and burning of a victim in The Bronx in 1999. On September 2 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Jed S. Rakoff held a "compassionate release" proceeding. Inner City Press live tweeted it:

AUSA: Living a model life in in prison doesn't merit release, given the seriousness of his offense. In his pro se papers he claims he is factually innocent. Judge Rakoff: I have vivid memories of this trial. Mr. Rodriguez was very much involved.

AUSA: He now claims he was just copying and pasting from a clemency submission. But he's tried many times, to get out from his life sentence.

Judge Rakoff: It's called compassionate release. It contemplate release of those with serious crimes.

Judge Rakoff says he won't decide this without further through, won't be ruling today.

Inner City Press wrote that it plan to publish after Judge Rakoff ruled - and he did, reducing Rodriguez' life sentence to 30 years.

On January 13, Judge Rakoff held another hearing, this time on co-defendant Alan Quinones. He had family letters, but only one on rehabilitation. For the victim there were testimony: do no let him out. Judge Rakoff asked for more letters and said he would rule, but not is less than two weeks.

The case is US v. Quinones, 00-cr-761 (Rakoff)


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