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In SDNY Bronxite Makeem Jordan Contests Career Offender Status But Gets 72 Months

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Jan 8 – When Makeem Jordan came up for sentencing on January 8, he has two lawyers and four in-person supporters including his sister and his mitigation specialist Jenny Crawford, in the gallery where Inner City Press was the only media.

   He also had a criminal history level of six, a previously admitted career offender status and a sentencing guideline of 168 to 210 months.

    U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Loretta A. Preska said that Jordan "has earned his career offender status." But she paused to allow his lawyer David Wikstrom to put into the record two additional letters of programs completed while in custody.   

Wikstrom's main argument is that while Jordan had directly sold marijuana, he had only pleaded guilty to 200 grams of crack and 200 grams of heroin because he was part of a Drug Trafficking Organization which had sold those. That, however, is what today's US conspiracy laws are about.

   Wikstrom described a difficult childhood, and even Jordan's "Self-Made" tattoo, which also features in Ms. Crawford's eight page mitigation report, part of the record.

    Judge Preska said the Jordan had also breached the trust of the court, specifically of her colleague Judge Sidney H. Stein who had previously sentenced Jordan to 30 months (and who on January 7 imposed for an unrelated slip and fall fraud conspiracy a sentence of 68 months.)    

After considering the final two letters, Judge Preska imposed a sentence of 72 months to be followed by a lengthy 15 years of Supervised Release. In the gallery, there was surprise and headshaking.

  Judge Preska added, consecutive, six months for the violation of supervised released. She closed advising Jordan not to return, at least not in the defendant's chair next to Mr. Wikstrom. Jordan said he agreed. Fifteen years is a long time. The case is US v. Jordan, 17-cr-283 (Preska).


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