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Bello Charged With Drugs Changed Lawyers Pled Now Rodriguez 84 Months Some Shouts

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, June 27 –  Andres Bello was in pre-trial detention in a narcotics conspiracy case. He wanted to replace his appointed lawyer.  Again.

 On April 2, 2021 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge P. Kevin Castel held a proceeding. Inner City Press covered it. 

  Bello's outgoing lawyer asked if he had gotten the hard drive of discovery from the government.

No, was the answer. The lawyer committed to mailing it to the incoming counsel, who was appointed.

On February 10, 2022, Bello pled guilty to Count 2. After several adjournments, in the run up to his November 16 sentencing his lawyer filed a redacted sentencing memo, with a detailed Mitigation Report by Carmeta Albarus, LCSW-R which recounts that his father was arrested for drugs in 1992 - with an F.2d cite - and his mother threw a figurine at him. Whole pages were redacted.

On June 27, 2024, defendant Mario Rodriguez was being sentenced. There were family members of his, and of the deceased, in the courtroom - where Inner City Press was, in the back. Judge Castel sentenced Rodriguez, in Essex County DOC yellow, to 84 months - seven years. Among his family, tears. From the deceased's side, a shouted comment, We don't get to see him anymore. There was shouting back. US Marshals stood between the groups, who left in separate elevators.

The case is US v. Rodriguez et al., 20-cr-301 (Castel)


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