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Ohio man and federal prison inmate convicted of conspiracy to murder for hire and distribution cocaine

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An Ohio man and federal prison inmate in New Jersey was convicted by a jury of their conspiracy to murder for hire and distribution cocaine.

An Ohio man and federal prison inmate in New Jersey was convicted by a jury of their conspiracy to murder for hire and distribution cocaine.

Eduardo Rios Velasquez, 37, of Lorain, and Angel Cordero, 37, an inmate at Fort Dix Federal Correctional Institution, are scheduled to be sentenced September 18, 2018. They were both convicted on one count of conspiracy to murder for hire and one count of conspiracy distribution cocaine, according to DEA.

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Velasquez and Cordero had previously been incarcerated together. Cordero was in contact with Velasquez in the summer of 2017 through a contraband cellular phone that had been smuggled into federal prison, according to trial testimony and court documents.

An Ohio man and federal prison inmate in New Jersey was convicted by a jury of their conspiracy to murder for hire and distribution cocaine.

Eduardo Rios Velasquez

Angel Cordero put Velasquez in contact with another prison inmate. Velasquez offered to pay the other inmate if he could provide Velasquez with the address for a woman identified in the documents as T.G. Cordero told the federal prison inmate that Velasquez had been hired to kill T.G.

Additionally, another person supplied Velasquez with large shipments of cocaine, with Cordero serving as the broker in the deals. Feds intercepted a kilogram of cocaine in July that was being shipped to Velasquez, according to trial testimony and court documents.



“This case was an outstanding effort by investigators and prosecutors from multiple states and jurisdictions who came together to avert a tragedy,” U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said.

DEA Special Agent in Charge James Hunt stated, “It is not uncommon for our investigations to unveil drug-related murders; but this significant murder-for-hire plot paved a twisted path from New York City to Lorain, Ohio. Law enforcement collaboration helped prevent another murder from occurring. I commend the dedicated and talented team of agents, detectives, investigators, and prosecutors who worked on this investigation.”

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“This case shows that no one is out of reach from being charged and prosecuted when a crime is committed. Even when serving a sentence, Cordero continued his criminal activity with little regard of the consequences,” said Angel M. Melendez, special agent in charge of HSI New York. “Now he and Valasquez were found guilty of their actions and will now face whatever sentence issued because of their reprehensible actions.”

“The FBI is pleased with the jury’s verdict. Velasquez will spend significant time behind bars for his ruthless willingness to kill someone for money,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen D. Anthony. “The FBI Cleveland Division commends the collaboration between the law enforcement agencies involved in disrupting and prosecuting this murder for hire.”

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Nanny gets life in prison in fatal stabbings of two children

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The nanny convicted of murder two children left in her care in their Manhattan apartment was sentenced and will spend the rest of her life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The nanny convicted of murder two children left in her care in their Manhattan apartment was sentenced and will spend the rest of her life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Yoselyn Ortega murdered 6-year-old Lucia Krim and 2-year-old Leo Krim inside their Upper West Side apartment in Manhattan on October 25, 2012. She learned her fate after emotional impact statements by the victim’s parents. ABC7 New York reported.

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Mother Marina Krim told a judge that Ortega instead destroyed her own family. She said Ortega had shown no remorse, and no one in her family has ever said they were sorry.



The nanny Yoselyn Ortega was sentenced to 25 years on each count of first-degree murder, to run consecutively, meaning she would serve a minimum of 50 years. She was convicted in April 2018 after her lawyers argued she was mentally ill and couldn’t be held responsible for their deaths.

Prosecutor say Ortega knew what she was doing and understood “every stab, every slash” as she slaughtered the children.

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The children’s mother found them in a bathroom. The parent’s testimony made jurors weep during the emotional trial.

Prosecutor said the motive was Ortega’s mounting financial troubles and her deep resentment of the Krims.

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Woman awarded $8 million after wrongful termination from Chipotle restaurant

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A jury on Thursday ruled in favor of a woman wrongfully terminated from a Chipotle restaurant in Fresno California.

A jury on Thursday ruled in favor of a woman wrongfully terminated from a Chipotle restaurant in Fresno California.

Jeannette Ortiz was awarded $8 million after she was fired from her managing position in 2015. ABC7 News reported.

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Chipotle accused Ortiz of stealing $636 and claimed there was surveillance video evidence of it, but the company never produced the video.



Chipotle restaurant issued a statement saying they were disappointed with the verdict and planned to appeal the outcome.

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Venezuelan model gets 20 months in prison for extortion plot

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Venezuelan model was sentenced to 20 months and 15 days in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for her participation in an extortion plot.

Venezuelan model was sentenced to 20 months and 15 days in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for her participation in an extortion plot.

Additionally, U.S. District Judge Joan A. Lenard ordered Venezuelan model to pay at least $841.20 in restitution and prohibited her from using social media and email during her sentence and the term of supervision.

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On February 14, 2018, following a two and a half week Miami jury trial, Brigith Dayana Gomez, 29, of Venezuela was convicted on all counts of the charged indictment.



One count of conspiracy to transmit an interstate extortionate communication.
Three counts of interstate transmission of an extortionate communication.
One count of interstate travel in aid of racketeering.

According to U.S. Attorney’s Office, Gomez and co-defendant Carolina Del Carmen Roldan planned to extort a victim, residing in Broward County in Florida, out of tens of thousands of dollars. If the victim did not comply with the demands for payment, the defendants threatened to damage the victim’s reputation and business prospects.

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Gomez was residing in Los Angeles, California, while Del Carmen Roldan was residing in Miami, Florida, during the extortion conspiracy. Both women, originally from Venezuela, had previously obtained U.S. visas to reside in the United States.

Del Carmen Roldan previously pled guilty to participating in the conspiracy to transmit an interstate extortionate communication and was sentenced to 14 months and 15 days in prison, to be followed by two years of supervised release.

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