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For Robbery of Target in The Bronx Russell Got 40 Months Now Cooperator Gets Time Served

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, April 18 – Target in The Bronx was robbed of $215,000 on March 26, 2018. The robber Tsani Russell was caught and sentenced to 40 months.

His co-defendant who worked at Target and gave him the key because a cooperator.          

   On April 18, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald held a sentencing proceeding. Inner City Press covered it, as the only media.  

  Judge Buchwald began by asking each person on the call to identify themselves. Inner City Press did. After the Federal Defender began recounting how his client was pressured and received only $1500, Judge Buchwald said she would give a time served sentence but had questions about supervision - and emphasized there can be no drug use (including marijuana, which remains under Federal prohibition).

Judge Buchwald indicated that some of the money should be paid back. The Federal Defender cited a Second Circuit case against that, and will put in a letter, as will the AUSA. Inner City Press may continue to cover this legal issue.

 The cooperating defendant spoke for herself, apologizing to those working at Target who were there during the robbery and saying she was making bad decisions at the time. She said she has lost 50 pounds and been vegan for the past two years. 

   She said she is renting a room in Hamilton Heights in Upper Manhattan for $1200 a month - she is thinking of moving (back) to the Bronx. She said she did not want this following her forever, nor her current company to know.

While Judge Buchwald acknowledged that the felony conviction cannot be erased, Inner City Press has chosen to not here report the name.

The case is US v. Russell, et al., 19-cr-554 (Buchwald)


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