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Jorge Cornell sentenced to 28 years

kingjayFrom Yes! Weekly

North Carolina Latin Kings leader Jorge Cornell leader received a sentence of 28 years in federal prison for criminal racketeering on Wednesday, with a federal judge in Winston-Salem noting the defendant’s “good works and ethics” before granting a variance from sentencing guidelines.

The statutory maximum of 50 years would likely have amounted to a life sentence for the 36-year-old Cornell, who suffers from high blood pressure and sleep apnea. The sentencing guidelines set a minimum of 30 years. US District Court Judge James A. Beaty Jr. consolidated two counts of racketeering against Cornell, including one related to the defendant’s alleged role in a shooting at Maplewood apartments for a total of 18 years. A third count, also related to the Maplewood shooting, of violent crime in aid of racketeering carried a mandatory minimum of 10 years.

Cornell spoke extensively before receiving the sentence, telling the court he doesn’t hold faith in the justice system although he expects the verdicts to be overturned on appeal. (more…)

UPDATE: North Carolina Latin Kings file motion for new trial

free the kingsFrom YES! Weekly

Jorge Cornell and two other defendants in the North Carolina Latin Kings racketeering trial have filed a motion for a new trial.

Cornell, Russell Kilfoil and Ernesto were each convicted of racketeering by a federal jury in Winston-Salem last month. Cornell was convicted of two additional counts for a violent crime in aid of racketeering and carrying or using a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence — both related to a shooting at Ashley Creek Apartment Homes in Greensboro in 2008.

The motion for a new trial, which was filed on Dec. 5, contends that the jury was confused or misunderstood the court’s instructions for dealing with predicate acts. The motion notes that the jurors asked for clarification, but the judge simply referred them back to his earlier instructions. (more…)

Jorge Cornell guilty on three counts of racketeering

From Yes! Weekly Blog

A jury of 12 in Winston-Salem has convicted North Carolina Latin Kings leader Jorge Cornell of three counts of criminal racketeering, while convicting two other defendants of a single count.

The jury of eight women and four men (eight white and four black) found Cornell’s brother, Russell Kilfoil, guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit racketeering, along with Ernesto Wilson, a defendant who was never a Latin King but whom the government argued was an associate in fact with the enterprise.

Three other defendants, Randolph Kilfoil, Samuel Velasquez and Irvin Vasquez, were found not guilty. (more…)

Community Update on Mr. Jorge “King Jay” Cornell Trial and Next Steps

From Beloved Community Center

The entire community is welcomed to participate in a special update meeting on the trial of Jorge “King Jay” Cornell this Sunday, November 4, 2012, at 4:00 PM, at Faith Community Church (417 Arlington Street, Greensboro, NC).  We will hear an update on the court proceedings from people who are closely following the case.  This will be a valuable discussion, and you are encouraged to invite others to attend.

The meeting will also discuss our projected next step related to the media.  We will talk about hosting a press conference that will discuss information related to an officer knowing who actually shot King Jay in 2008.   False information is coming up as a result of the court proceedings, and the public needs to be informed. (more…)