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Man Charged with Robbing Jewelry Store Was  Serving 11 Years Now Co-D Gets 3 Years

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Nov 20 – For jewelry store robberies in the Bronx and Manhattan in 2021, Johntae Byrd and Malik Townsend were arraigned on December 6, 2022, before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Gregory H. Woods.

Inner City Press went and covered it, the only media in the courtroom. Also in the gallery were family of the defendants including a small child.

  Townsend's counsel said he has a trial in February 2023 before Judge Rakoff, whom he noted is usually fast, but still requested a conference date in his case later than March 2. But March 2 it is, at 11 a.m.

Byrd's Federal Defender agreed to push back his conference to coincide with co-defendant Townsend's, and to allow discussion of a pre-trial resolution.

The AUSA began to describe the evidence, including videos and pen registers and some 90,000 pages, but Judge Woods said that wasn't necessary at this stage. He issued the 5(f) order.

Jump cut a week to December 13, 2022. Co-defendant Tyquan Goodlet was arraigned by Magistrate Judge James L. Cott - by Microsoft Teams. He was informed of the charges, including an August 5, 2022 jewelry store robbery in The Bronx.

  The AUSA said that while Goodlet was not allowed in the courthouse, he was at the FBI's office. On consent, he was released on $50,000 unsecured bond to be co-signed by two financial responsible people in two weeks.

On June 12, 2023, Malik Townsend was up for sentencing. He is already serving 11 years for attempted murder; Judge Woods, after hearing of a very difficult childhood, imposed a 46 month statement, 36 months concurrent.

On November 20, 2023, Larry Brand who had been added to the case was sentenced to 36 months.

The case is US v. Byrd, et al., 22-cr-497 (Woods)


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