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Bodega Robbery Triggers Erroneous Plea Deal and Allocuation Interruptus in SDNY

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Dec 19 –  Mario De la Rosa came to plead guilty to robbing two bodegas back in August.

On December 18 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge John P. Cronan held the change of plea proceeding. Inner City Press covered it.  

In advance, Judge Cronan had raised the issue of a typo or error in the plea agreement, regarding USSG 2B3.1(b)(2)C) regarding brandishing of a dangerous weapon. 

 The parties agreed it was an error and asked Judge Cronan to just amend it.

 During the allocution another question arose, whether by admitting to robbing a bodega, that was sufficient to be pleading to use of force.  

Eventually Judge Cronan genially accepted the plea, and set sentencing for March 25 at 10 am.

The case is USA v. Martinez et al., 20-cr-537 (Cronan)


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