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Man Condemned to Life in Prison Resentenced to 30 Years After Armed Robbery Downgrade

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 6 – A man given a life sentence in 2010 for killing a marijuana dealer in 2003 is up for resentencing after Supreme Court decisions that attempted Hobbs Act robbery is not a crime of violence.

  The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York prosecutors, while noting a defense request to more time, on Saturday March 30 filed a memo asking that any re-sentencing be for 80 years - constructively, life.  

 They describe attempted robbery of dealers on Burke Avenue in The Bronx, which Inner City Press covers closely, as it does SDNY, then in Elmont NY resulting in the death by murder of Stephanie Laing, and at 4385 Wickham Avenue in The Bronx resulting in the murder of Gary Grey.   

On April 1, the April 2 re-sentencing was pushed back to May 6 at 10 am.

And on the day, his life sentence was reduced to thirty years: "Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein: Re-Sentencing held on 5/6/2024 for Roderick Gunn (4) Count 1-3,8. Deft. pres. w/atty. Samuel Jacobson; AUSAs, Jane Chong and Matthew King pres.; Court reporter Rebecca Forman pres.; Deft. is sentenced to 360 months custody, 180 months on each of counts 1 and 3 to run consecutive and 60 months on count 8 to run consecutively; sentencing to run consecutive to sentencing in case 03 Cr. 1277; Supervised Release - 4 years of supervision on count 8 and 3 years on count 1 and 3 to run concurrent; See judgment for Special Conditions; Counts 6 and 7 are vacated. Deft. cont'd. remanded."

The case is US v. Gunn, 06-cr-911 (Hellerstein)


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