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Defendant Who Fled On Day of Trial Returns To Plea Without Pimintel Letter But Guidelines

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Oct 28 – Ramon Daniel Felix-Leonardo had been set for trial on drug charges on August 27, 2018.

Then he "failed to appear at the courthouse for trial. Cesar de Castro Esq appeared at trial that day and was unable to explain the failure of the defendant to appear."  

   On October 28 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Katharine Polk Failla held a change of plea proceeding, with the defendant and de Castro. Inner City Press covered it.

   The defendant had been arrested in the Dominican Republic and extradited. Judge Failla asked him had he known what he was doing when he skipped the trial.

He said his head had been jumbled by pressure. 

  Have you seen the Pimintel letter, Judge Failla asked.  No, was the answer.

Then de Castro said helpfully that he hadn't called it Pimintel, but "guia," guidelines.

    Finally the plea was accepted, and sentencing set for March 2, 2021.

The case is US v. Felix-Leonardo, et al., 17-cr-636 (Failla)


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