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Bronx Man Whose Fentanyl Killed 16 Year Old Sex Worker Pleds Guilty Now Asks for 5 Years

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

SDNY COURTROOM EXCLUSIVE, Feb 29 – Law enforcement announced the arrest in The Bronx, NY of VIRGIL WARDLOW for paying for sex with a minor with fentanyl-laced pills, saying he "will be presented today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Valerie Figueredo."    Inner City Press was there. Thread here:

Prosecutor says defendant left fentanyl loose in 110 East 177 Street in the Bronx, used anonymized VOIP TextPlus, killed a 19-year-old. Withdrew $40 from TD Bank with CashApp to "date" Victim-2, also paying with (deadly) pills  

Wardlow's girlfriend Ms Casanova is here - his Federal Defender says she works at Nordstrom in "asset protection." They have a 7 year old daughter. Also his mother, who work at the Post Office.

 Federal Defender says Wardlow has an entrepreneurial spirit - but the deal for the 16 year old was someone else's fault, "other people went to that hotel."

  Federal Defender asks for a photo of the minor, says another john may be responsible.

AUSA: The next one paid in cash. It's strict liability, as long as they have contact...  Federal Defender: He could stay with his mother in Brooklyn. Judge: Are there any children there?  

Seems not. Stepfather also works for post office. Federal Defender: He has pills because of 2 car accidents. He wouldn't get therapy in jail. Prosecutor: He sells drugs and buys sex in wherever he lives.  Federal Defender: It was just tobacco leaves

  19 year old died: 16 year old passed out but revived. Judge has stepped out to decide.   Judge is back. Orders detention, danger to community.

Jump cut to October 19, 2023. The case was assigned to District Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil, who took Wardlaw's guilty plea to Count 1. Inner City Press was there, the only media in the courtroom. Wardlaw's plea deal has a guideline of 188 to 235 months; he has agreed to pay restitution of $17,000 for the 19 year old's funeral costs. Sentencing is set for March 13, 2024 at 11 am.

On February 29, Wardlow's Federal Defender wrote in saying a 60 month sentence is sought, that Wardlow throught he had bought sex with an eighteen year old, not a sixteen year old, and that his pills did not have fentanyl. His father was shot and killed in a robbery in 1998.

More including analysis on Substack here

Bronx Park Motel May 13, 2023 video here

The case is US v. Wardlow, 23-cr-536 (Vyskocil)


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