BOSTON – Federal Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock filed several orders this week in the case against Jasiel Correia II and co-accused Gen Andrade, including giving lawyers a status deadline in the ongoing criminal case from Adnrade.
Woodlock also without prejudice dismissed Correia defense attorney Kevin Reddington’s request to step down as legal counsel to the former mayor of Fall River.
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Andrade defense attorney Charles Rankin and deputy U.S. attorneys Zachary Hafer and David Tobin have until August 6 to file the progress report on Andrade’s criminal case and provide a tentative date of trial “if no other final alternative resolution of the case has been reached by then.” status report is due, ”Woodlock wrote.
In June, at a sentencing hearing, Woodlock dismissed Andrade’s guilty plea for his role in the former mayor’s bribery schemes.
Andrade, Correia’s former chief of staff, pleaded guilty to six counts of extortion, bribery and lying to federal officials last December.
In a plea deal with the government, Woodlock was reportedly forced not to give Andrade any jail time if he had accepted his not guilty plea.
Since Woodlock’s denial on June 10, Andrade’s case appears to be in limbo until this last order.
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Lawyer Steven Sabra said Andrade had a few alternatives with her possibly a trial or that prosecutors could drop the criminal case in its entirety.
“Or there’s going to be another plea deal that’s going to be presented to him,” Sabra said.
Regarding the Correia case, Sabra said Reddington may file another request to withdraw from the case.
“If there were new information presented to the judge that the relationship between client and lawyer had broken down so severely that it would be ineffective in arguing the sentence,” Sabra said.
In May, Correia was found guilty on 21 of 24 corruption and jury fraud charges after a four-week trial and four days of deliberation.
Sabra said Woodlock’s order could mean Reddington argues with new Correia lawyers, who are expected to appeal the conviction.
According to court documents online, Correia has a July 26 deadline to file appeal motions.
Two of Correia’s co-conspirators in the marijuana vendor shakedown scheme seeking to do business in the city were convicted by Woodlock, and neither received a jail term.
This week, Hildegar Camara, who Correia hired as director of the Bristol County Training Consortium in 2016 around the same time the extortion of pot companies began, received three years of probation, including 18 months in confinement. home.
Local businessman Tony Costa, who was the first of the co-conspirators to cooperate with federal investigators, was sentenced to three years of probation, including the first 15 months at home. He was also ordered to forfeit $ 107,000, the amount he had benefited from as part of the extortion plan, plus a fine of $ 10,000 and community service.
David Hebert, one of three men the federal government has described as Correia’s middlemen, is due to be sentenced in October.