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Guilty Plea to Bronx Simpson Street Kidnapping Stalls On Lack of Pimentel Letter in SDNY

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Jan 21 – Joseph Davila was prepared on January 21 to plead guilty to kidnapping, for an incident on Simpson Street in the South Bronx in March 2019 - but it did not happen.

    On January 21, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge P. Kevin Castel had scheduled a change of plea proceeding. Inner City Press covered it.  

But it soon emerged that the US Attorney's Office had not provided Davila through his attorney with a Pimentel letter about their calculation of the sentencing guidelines. 

 Judge Castel said he could not proceed this way, and demanded to know how this had happened.

 The AUSA did not have a reason, but apologized. Judge Castel in turn apologized to the Marshals and the CJA fund and presumably others.

The plea, one assumes, will be re-scheduled.

The case is US v. Davila, 20-cr-292 (Castel)


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