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For Armed Robbery of Handbag Store in Soho McNeill Got 18 Months US Asks 24 on Brown

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

SDNY COURTHOUSE, March 20 – Dashawn McNeill and Richard Forde were charged with the armed robbery of a luxury handbag store on West Broadway in Soho in lower Manhattan.

 On September 6, 2023 he came to plead guilty before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge John G. Koeltl. Inner City Press was there, the only media in the courtroom.

  Judge Koeltl asked McNeill his age and education. Nineteen, in the last year of high school.

The complaint said he lives or lived in Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, and used an iPhone registered to his grandfather.  

Sentencing was set for December 14, 2023 at 11 am.

But before then, lead defendant Richard Forde is to be sentenced, on November 6. On October 23, his lawyer wrote in to say that two years would be sufficient, citing his growing up in a homeless shelter left alone while his mother went out to work as a prostitute. A number of other SDNY Hobbs Act robbery cases are cited.

On November 1, the US Attorney's Office wrote it seeking a longer sentence. While the plea deal was to 57 to 71 months, the range at the time of sentencing will be 46 to 57 months. The US says "a sentence within the range would be sufficient."

On November 6, Judge Koeltl sentenced Forde to 30 months, and $24,760 in restitution.

On November 30, McNeill's counsel wrote in and asked for no jail time: a non-custodial sentence of probation.

On December 6 the US Attorney's Office asked for a sentence within the 24 to 30 month guideline.

On December 14, Judge Koeltl sentenced McNeill to 18 months in prison.

On March 20, the US Attorney's Office asked for 24 months on co-defendant Tayvon Brown.

 The case is US v. Forde, et al., 22-cr-373 (Koeltl)


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