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Graves Pled Guilty In Crack Case Got 5 Year Minimum Now Rapper Ali Doby Gets 5 Years

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

SDNY COURTHOUSE, March 29 –  John Graves was charged with being part of a crack-dealing gang centered around Valentine Avenue in the South Bronx. 

 On September 25, 2023 Graves was brought by US Marshals before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Vernon S. Broderick to plead guilty. Inner City Press was the only media there.

  Judge Broderick noted that the initial charge carried a ten year mandatory minimum prison sentence; Graves was being allowed to plead to the lesser included offense of conspiracy, with a five year minimum. 

  Also, Graves was waiving his right to argue he is eligible for release through the so-called Safety Valve. Sentencing was set for January 5, 2024 at 11 am. 

On December 1 in the same case, counsel for co-defendant Zukeila Plaza in a redacted submission asked that she be given a five year sentence, saying she only operated the crack business for her imprisoned boyfriend.

On January 17, 2024 she got just that: five years

On January 19, the US Attorney's Office wrote in and for Graves asked for a sentence in the 121 to 151 month guideline: more than ten years.

On January 26, Graves got 65 months.

On February 22, in the same case, co-Defendant Maurice Sinclair asked for 60 months.

On March 4, the AUSA Attorney's Office for Sinclair asked for 135 months.

On March 7, Sinclair was sentenced to 68 months.

On March 15, retained counsel for co-defendant Ali Doby, described as "a promising young musician [who] feel in with the wrong crowd out of the lend support and credibility to his burgeoning rap career," asked for the 60 months minimum.

His sentencing submission said he joined the narcotics conspiracy "to book studio time."
The US Attorney's Office wanted it consecutive, but on March 29 Ali Doby was sentenced to five years, "concurrent with his State Court sentence"

 The overall case is US v. Earl, et al., 22-cr-142 (Broderick)


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