US Federal Prosecutors have asked a Judge to hand down a maximum 23-year prison sentence to Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, the New York Times has reported.
Coke pleaded guilty in August 2011, to charges including racketeering and conspiracy after he was captured during a month-long manhunt by the security forces in Jamaica in which more than 70 persons were left dead following an incursion in his stronghold of Tivoli Gardens.
The 42-yr-old Coke who has been described as one of the most powerful and brutal drug lords in Jamaica is set to be sentenced on Tuesday, February 28, in a Federal District Court.
The NYTimes is reporting that a memorandum filed on Wednesday by the office of the US attorney Preet Bharara, said that the federal advisory guidelines which apply in this case, called for a sentence of slightly less than 22 years to 23 years in prison.
In September 2011, Coke in a handwritten letter to presiding Judge Patterson, asked for leniency in sentencing him and said he took responsibility for his actions.
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