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SDNY Judge Crotty Sentences ID Thief McKay To 42 Months Amid Record of Vegan Youth Sodomy

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Jan 22 – Rashaun McKay pled guilty in August 2019 to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggrevated identity theft, after using personally identifiable information of patients of an urgent care walk-in medical clinic to buy thousands of dollars of iPad and PlayStations.

  On January 22 McKay appeared for sentencing before Senior Judge Paul A. Crotty of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Assistant US Attorney Nicholas W. Chiuchiolo was advocating for a Guidelines sentence of 51 to 57 months.

   CJA defense lawyer Stephen Turano of Newark NJ and Madison Avenue tried to personalize McKay to Judge Crotty. He had commissioned a Mitigation Report from social worker Kayla Bennett of Brooklyn.

    She wrote that McKay was a vegan and quoted 1991 King County Hospital Records that McKay's "father laughed inappropriately (might be drunk)."  

   Judge Crotty asked Turano about the appropriate Criminal History level.

Turano, who pointed back at the courtroom gallery empty but for three family members and Inner City Press, there with another case in mind, emphasized that a 1999 offense was a long time ago. (Inner City Press' inquiry finds that it involved forcible sodomy of a 12-year old, making McKay a Level 2 sex offender, subject to lifetime registry with the New York Sex Offender Registry which, from the Jeffrey Epstein case, some see as voluntary.)

  Ultimately Judge Crotty imposed a below guidelines sentence of 42 months, to be followed by three years of Supervised Release. The case is US v. McKay, 19-cr-339 (Crotty). 


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