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Among 12 Charged With Hobbs Act Robbery & Drugs Spearman Wants 10 Years, Oliver Gets 2

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon

SDNY COURTHOUSE, April 3 –  More than a dozen defendants were charged in a Hobbs Act robbery and narcotics conspiracy.    

      On June 14, 2021 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein held a proceeding. Inner City Press covered it. 

 With so many defendants and counsel, the roll-call took a long time. It emerged that Levalle Maitland, in pre-trial detention in the Essex County Correctional Facility, had not been produced, and his lawyer said he couldn't reach him. It was decided to go forward.  

 Three trial dates were selected, splitting the group or conspiracy in two: March 28, 2022 for some, May 16 for others, and June 20 for still others.

On January 5, 2022 Judge Hellerstein heard oral argument on possibly releasing co-defendant Nathaniel Croskey on bond. But Judge Hellerstein pointed out, as the AUSA did, that Croskey had fired a gun 10 times in the air; he said that the danger could not be addressed even by GPS monitoring.

  On March 10 Judge Hellerstein accepted Croskey's guilty plea. And later on March 10 - past six pm, with Inner City Press the only media in the Magistrates Court - another co-defendant in the case was brought in. His lawyer consented to detention, "without prejudice."

On April 3, 2023, lead defendant Spearman asked for the 10 year minimum sentence. His detailed sentencing memo quotes his partner that "his legs look like elephant legs." A co-defendant was acquitted after trial...

On May 10, co-defendant Tristan Oliver was up for sentencing. Inner City Press was there. Judge Hellerstein sentenced him to 24 months, then asked when he'd like to self-surrender. After June 6, when his baby is due. Judge Hellerstein set the date for July 11 and wished Oliver well.

The overall case is US v. Spearman, et al., 20-cr-631 (Hellerstein)


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