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Man Who Fired Automatic Pistol at Car Gets 24 Month Sentence Amid Questions on SDNY Deal

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 22 – Shawn Reid was convicted in a gang case and sentenced to 30 months imprisonment, then three years of supervised release.

On March 7, 2022 while out on supervision, he was arrested for firing at a car with a gun fitted with a high-capacity magazine. He pled guilty; the prosecutors' deal had a sentencing guideline of 21 to 27 months. 

 Then they asked for 96 to 120 months.  

   On May 22, 2023, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Lorna G. Schofield held Reid's sentencing. Inner City Press was there, the only media in the courtroom.  Reid's family members were there too. 

  Judge Schofield asked the Assistant US Attorney why his office had agreed to the 21 to 27 month guideline.

 He replied that he'd spoken with the chief of the Criminal Division and that because this was a Federalized felon in possession case, and Reid had been fired at fire, even "pleading open" would have only added three months to the guidelines.  

 Reid's lawyer emphasized the harsh conditions in the MDC jail. Reid when he spoke thanked his family members, and said he wanted to rejoin them and even travel to Jamaica, where he's from.

Judge Schofield noted that she had been given no video and that neither side had requested a Fatico hearing on any dispute facts. She sentenced Reid to 24 months, 14 months of which appear to have already been served.

 The case is US v. Reid, 22-cr-221 (Schofield)

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