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White Collar Criminal Linked to Black Eye Wanted Sentencing Delay But Denied so Jan 17

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Maxwell Book

SDNY EXCLUSIVE, Jan 12 -  In the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on November 10, a remand or release to home confinement proceeding was held by Judge Loretta A. Preska on a white collar criminal Derek Jones after allegations and photos of domestic abuse to submitted under seal.

   Inner City Press was in the courtroom and files this exclusive.

  Derek Jones, a lawyer, was charged in 2021 with a $4.5 million fraud using BlueRidge Realty and venture capital Realize Holdings. He pled guilty - then purported to withdraw his plea. That was denied, and his sentencing set for December 13.

   While Jones asked to appear remotely from California for a November 10 hearing before Judge Preska, he was ordered to be present. Inner City Press went, as did two U.S. Marshals.

  The Assistant US Attorney had submitted two 302s, dated October 18 and October 25, under seal. But during the proceeding Judge Preska asked, What am I to do with these photos?

   Reference was made to photos of physical abuse, torn clothes, and to another former Jones girlfriend who contacted the government about threats, as well as to a letter seeming obtained by coercion.

  Jones' lawyer said this was an ambush, that his client should remain at liberty to prepare for sentencing; he even offered that Jones would see no women at all until sentencing.

  The name of the photographed victim was given, but Inner City Press is voluntarily not publishing it here. The transcript was ordered sealed. Judge Preska ordered Jones to home confinement, other than activities involving his children (whom Jones himself said are ages eight, 10, 12 and 14).

On November 11, Veterans Day, the US Attorney's Office filed this: " Re: United States v. Derek Jones, S1 21 Cr. 59 (LAP) Dear Judge Preska:  On behalf of the parties, the Government respectfully requests that the Court so-order this letter reflecting modifications to the defendant’s conditions of release. As the Court stated at yesterday’s conference, the defendant is now subject to the following additional conditions:  The defendant shall remain on home confinement at all times except as required to participate in activities with his children as permitted under his and his ex-wife’s custody arrangement, or to travel to or from Court appearances.  The defendant shall not communicate or have any contact with the two ex-girlfriends..." Full filing on Patreon here.

On January 11, in the run-up to the January 17 sentencing, CJA counsel for Derek Jones wrote in request more time, until at least February 28. They cited Jones' COVID, and the engagement with his parents' money of Renaissance Associates to dispute the loss amount.

On January 12, the US Attorney's Office opposed delay, and put in more victim impact statements, one concerning a close relationship with Jones back when he was in a "prestigious fraternity at the University of Virginia." The victim was then deceived and "lost a fortune."

Later on January 12, Judge Preska denied delay - so, it's January 17: "ORDER as to Derek Jones: Mr. Jones' request for an adjournment of sentencing (dkt. no. 171) is denied. Sentencing will proceed on January 17, 2023, at 2:00 PM in Courtroom 12A. (Signed by Judge Loretta A. Preska on 1/12/2023." Watch this site.

The case is US v. Derek Jones, 21-cr-59 (Preska)



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