In a totally unexpected turn of events, Alfredo “El Mochomo” Beltran Leyva, one of El Chapo’s biggest enemies, pled guilty to drug trafficking before his case went to trial.
“Yes, Your Honor, I helped my brother Arturo and I conspired with my brother Arturo,” said Beltrán Leyva. The conspiring included trafficking cocaine, meth, marijuana and heroine to the United States. He downplayed his part in the Sinaloa Cartel by saying he was simply a member of the organization and not the leader. On June 6th, he’s expected to get a minimum of 10 years to a life sentence.
El Mochomo and his three brothers were former allies of El Chapo’s Sinaloa cartel, but split ways in 2008 provoking one of the bloodiest drug war periods in Mexico. But don’t expect him to show up as a witness against El Chapo.
“After considering many personal and legal factors, my client decided to plead guilty to the indictment without an agreement with the government,” said A. Eduardo Balarezo, Beltran Leyva’s attorney. Prosecutors state side are crossing their fingers that he’ll change his mind if El Chapo is extradited to the United States.
Read more about Alfredo Beltran Leyva from The Huffington Post here.
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I’ve seen “Law & Order” enough times to know how the judicial system works. If someone is arrested on whatever charge, the courts can quickly lower those charges if the person accused has information on other suspects with higher crimes. In other words, ‘do I have something you want, and if so, what will give you me if I give you that?’ For an example of this exchange at play, take a look at the case against 6ix9ine.
A federal court judge has sentenced 6ix9ine to only two years in prison in exchange for information that would implicate gang members to another crime.
The rapper, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, has already been in jail for 13 months on charges of firearms and racketeering. Judge Engelmayer was so impressed with the information that 6ix9ine provided that, aside from lowering his sentence, he will also be allowed time severed, which means he only has a couple of months in jail to serve. He could have served 37 years. For the 23-year-old, a 37-year sentence behind bars would have been his entire adult life.
“Your cooperation was impressive. It was game-changing. It was complete, and it was brave,” the judge told Hernandez. It has “brought out the best in you, and you should be proud of yourself for it.”
6ix9ine was very emotional during the sentencing. He was in tears, and he also faced his biological dad for the first time since he was a little kid.
“I know I was wrong,” the Brooklyn-based rapper told the judge, according to the New York Times. “I was weak. I was easily influenced. I can’t believe that was me. Again, your honor, there is no apology good enough.”
The other emotional moment in court came when 6ix9ine saw his biological dad in court. The man who raised him died when 6ix9ine was gunned down near his home in Brooklyn. His real dad appeared in court and wanted to speak in court, but the judge told him no.
“It is way too late,” Judge Engelmayer said, the Times reports. “You squandered that many, many years ago.”
6ix9ine has been in and out of jail for other felony offenses, but it seems this time is trying to turn his life around. That will be a challenge since he ratted out his former gang friends.
A couple of months ago, 6ix9ine testified against gang members of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods. He explained that he began affiliating himself with Nine Trey in 2017 after the release of his single “GUMMO.” One of the men he testified against was his former bodyguard. He told the judge back then that he was tired of being extorted.
However, going against any high-profile gang is risky, and some notable rappers have already called out 6ix9ine for implicating the gang members of Nine Trey.
Aside from watching “Law & Order,” I’ve also seen “The Godfather,” and you never go against the family, even if they aren’t related to you. It’s hard to leave a gang or any high-crime organization, and some famous rappers called 6ix9ine out for being a rat.
Rapper Meek Mill called 6ix9ine an Instagram rapper, which basically means he’s a fake gangster. Then Snoop Dogg called 6ix9ine a straight-up rat. We know 6ix9ine will go to jail for a little more before he is eventually released. We’re just concerned that things might not go well for 6ix9ine while he’s in jail. Inmates don’t take to people who snitch.
It’s unclear if 6ix9ine will go into protective custody after he’s released, but either way, it will be hard for him to clean up his image, especially with all those tats on his face.
However, 6ix9ine’s career plays out, what is done is done. He may have done a positive thing for the greater good, but he may not have friends when he gets out. Make no mistake, 6ix9ine did what was right. He helped put away people who were worse criminals than he was. However, it looks as if he did it out of pure convenience — only to help himself. In the end, that is what implicating others in court is all about. But 6ix9ine better not put out some single after his release in which he is trying to pretend he is someone that he is clearly not — at least not anymore.
Four New York City Rikers Island correction officers, including a captain, have been suspended for knowingly failing to intervene in a teen detainee’s suicide attempt for seven minutes. The night before Thanksgiving, Nicholas Feliciano, 18, was jumped by seven other inmates and left with a gash on his face. Instead of taking him to the infirmary, guards placed him in a holding cell where he hung himself from a pipe with his shirt. Whistleblowers from the prison have told The New York Times that one guard actually opened Feliciano’s cell door to find him hanging from the pipe, closed the door, and walked away. A witness told The New York Times that, after Feliciano stepped off the toilet partition, he changed his mind and tried to find the partition to free himself from the makeshift noose. Feliciano hung for seven minutes without any intervention, and it was more than a half-hour before paramedics were able to whisk him away from the prison complex.
Feliciano was taken to Elmhurst Hospital, where he was put into an induced coma on Tuesday. He has yet to show signs of brain activity.
At first, the Department of Corrections wouldn’t allow Feliciano’s family to visit him in the hospital.
The Legal Aid Society, which has taken up Feliciano’s case, penned a letter to the DOC to request charges against the teen be dropped. “This is unacceptable. He poses no security risk and needs his family at his bedside at this critical time,” the letter reads. According to Legal Aid Society, the family had to wait to be cleared by DOC to visit him, were not allowed to bring anything inside his hospital room, or even photograph him.
In response, the New York State Department of Correction and Community Supervision canceled Feliciano’s parole warrant.
That meant that Feliciano was no longer in the custody of the state, and his family was free to visit him at their leisure. “We are relieved that the New York State Department of Correction and Community Supervision canceled the parole warrant pending against Nicholas Feliciano, our client who is still battling for his life at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens,” reads a statement from The Legal Aid Society. The organization maintains that the act is too little too late for the much more serious “concerns over the New York City Department of Correction’s failure to properly screen and address Mr. Feliciano’s mental health issues, which were known to the City at the time of his remand,” the statement continues.
Feliciano was charged with robbery, but because of his age, the court gave him a short sentence and kept his criminal record sealed. Within weeks of his release, Feliciano had violated his parole by testing positive for drugs, skipping mandated programs, attempting to purchase a gun, and traveling past state lines to visit a girlfriend. When Feliciano arrived at his parole meeting, he was taken into custody and scheduled to be arraigned more than a month later. The Legal Aid Society of New York is using Feliciano as a tragic example for “the need for Albany to enact comprehensive parole reform legislation immediately next session to address cases like Nicholas’, where the alleged violation of parole does not rise to the level of a new criminal charge.”
Feliciano has a history of mental illness, including suicide attempts, says the Legal Aid Society.
According to The New York Times’s report, Feliciano was taken out of the general population holding area after getting into a fight in order to get him medical attention. He waited for six hours in a holding cell without medical attention. An hour before he attempted suicide, he was taken out of a two-person cell and placed in a cell by himself. An hour and a half later, he was hanging off a pipe while correction officers stood by. An off-duty captain saw closed-circuit surveillance footage of Feliciano hanging and rushed to take him down. According to The New York Times, an official said Feliciano didn’t have a pulse for two minutes.
In response, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted, “The people in our jails are human beings. Their well-being is our responsibility. These allegations are deeply troubling. The 3 officers and their supervisor have been suspended and an investigation is underway. We’re taking immediate action.” The New York City Council voted October 17 to close Rikers prison complex and the chapter on its disturbing human rights violations.