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Vela Facing Sentencing For Fleeing Cops With K2 Absconds From SDNY So Warrant Issued

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Nov 1 – Ray Vela came to be sentenced on November 1, facing a 12 to 18 months sentencing guideline. He went to the bathroom outside the courtroom, his lawyer said. And then he was gone. 

  U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Lewis J. Liman left the bench for a moment then returned and asked the lawyer, Lorraine Gauli-Rufo, if her client was now present for sentencing. 

 No, she said, she had gone out to check the bathroom and he was not there. 

  The Assistant US Attorney asked that a bench warrant be issued, and that the Court Security Officers be told. Vela's bail was revoked. 

 Inner City Press ran up to Judge Liman's courtroom - the remote access was appreciated - and asked if Vela had come back. No, was the answer.

He's in the wind...

Charges against him have included stealing $80,000 in forged checks, harassment and "attempting to flee from the police while carrying a bag of the drug K2."

The case is US v. Vela, 20-cr-607 (Liman)


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