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Man on Rikers Debate Team Beat Postal Worker Got 54 Months Freed in Error Now Remanded

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 23 – Jack Moussignac was arrested for beating a US Postal Service employee while trying to steal his arrow key midday on Davidson Avenue in The Bronx.

   On October 25, 2023 he was before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrate Judge Katharine H. Parker. Inner City Press was there, the only media in the SDNY Mag Court. 

 Moussignac, speaking for himself, noted that he was part of the Rikers Debate Project and had been in a photograph in the Wall Street Journal. He asked to be released to resolve the state charges from the postal beat-down.

   It was unclear if, even if released by SDNY, he would simply be taken to Rikers. So he was detained but Judge Parker retains the case in the event of a future bail application "prior to any assignment to a District Judge."

The case was assigned to District Judge John G. Koeltl before whom on January 16, 2024 Moussignac pleaded guilty to Assaulting an Employee of the US, with sentencing set for April 24 at 2:30 pm.

On April 10, Moussignac's Federal Defender wrote in asking for a sentence of a year and a day (which would allow "good time" credit).

On April 16, the US Attorney's Office wrote in requesting a sentence within the 70 to 87 month Guideline.

On April 24, Judge John G. Koeltl sentenced Moussignac to 54 months in prison.

But Moussignac was erroneously released, it emerged on May 23. He was brought before SDNY Magistrate Judge Jennifer E. Willis. Inner City Press was the only media there as he was remanded to the federal Bureau of Prisons. He said, How are you all doing? Judge Willis wished him well.

The case is US v Moussignac, 24-cr-22 (Koeltl)


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