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In Bronx Drug Case With Facebook Videos & a Defendant's Rap Lyrics Francis Asks 48 Months

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 19 – A defendant charged in a drug conspiracy in the Bronx is having Facebook videos used against him.  

On March 29, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Loretta A. Preska held a proceeding. Inner City Press covered it.

 The Assistant US Attorney said it didn't matter who had uploaded the video, it showed the defendant.

They have produced a message, "Sometimes I Be Wanting to Rob Mfers, But Iono What Ima Say When I Up the Glock." 

DOJ also cites his rap lyrics against him, quoting "13 I was selling packs, 15 I was in the trap, 17 I clapped my first, touchy I been doing that." Do they really need to use songs?  The question is raised in  proposed law pending in the NYS Senate.

On April 12, Judge Preska held another proceeding in the case, on CourtCall. Another defendant in the case has, as CJA counsel, the Kramer Levin firm.

On May 23 Robert Lewis was up for sentencing. The US Attorney's Office asked for the 121 to 151 month guideline. The sentence, after argument, was 60 months, to be followed by five years of Supervised Release.

On July 7, 2022, co-defendant Devonte Francis was to plead guilty. But the US Attorney's Office wrote in to say "when Mr. Francis was recently relocated to the MDC, the physical copy of his plea agreement was not moved with him." So they ask for an adjournment. Why wasn't it moved? Or, why was the defendant moved?

Back on January 26, 2022 another co-defendant, Christopher Butler, was sentenced to 108 months: "Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Loretta A. Preska: Sentencing held on 1/26/2022 for Christopher Butler (6) Count 10. . The defendant is sentenced to: 108 months followed by 5 years of supervised release. All standard terms and conditions of supervised release with the special conditions of: searches, substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, vocational/educational training, no contact with any gang members. Special assessment in the amount of $100 to be paid promptly. Open counts dismissed."

On May 19, 2023, co-defendant Devonte Francis, facing a guideline of 108 to 135 months, with Probation suggesting 72 months, asked for 48 months with credit for the 20 months he served in city and state facilities for relevant conduct."

The case is US v. Lewis, et al., 20-cr-234 (Preska)


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