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On Gun Recovered By Bronx Academy For The Future Suppression Denied Now Guilty Plea

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Maxwell Book
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Oct 6 – Dyquan Christopher was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

  On July 5, 2022 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein held a suppression hearing. Inner City Press attended and covered it.

  On the witness stand in person was an officer who chased Christopher, and picked up a gun after Christopher was tackled on the sidewalk in front of the Bronx Academy for the Future on Southern Boulevard between 174th and 173rd Streets. 

 At issue was whether the gun was found in the pocket of Christopher's Moncler jacket or under him, and whether he said "just take the gun and let me go home." 

Judge Hellerstein asked the prosecutors why he was leading the witness; there followed a sidebar discussion, rare for a suppression hearing without a jury.

At the end on July 5, Judge Hellerstein denied the motion to suppress. And on July 19, Christopher's counsel wrote in that a plea offer is being considered: "Your Honor scheduled a pretrial conference for Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at 3:30 pm, with the caveat that the parties inform the Court if it appeared that the matter was going to be resolved short of trial. We recently received a proposed plea agreement and are scheduled to review it with our client early next week."

And on October 6 in the SDNY Magistrates Court, it happened: "Minute Entry for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge Gabriel W. Gorenstein: Arraignment as to Dyquan Christopher (1) Count 1 held on 10/6/2022. Defendant present with Lorraine Gauli-Rufo. A.U.S.A Ryan B. Finkel present for Government. Defendant withdraws plea of not guilty and enters a plea of guilty to Count One of the Indictment. Magistrate Judge Gorenstein recommends District Judge Hellerstein accept the plea. No Court Reporter. PSI Ordered. Detention continued. Sentencing date set for 1/5/2023." No court reporter - but Inner City Press still on the case(s).

The case is USA v. Christopher, 22-cr-55 (Hellerstein) 


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