United States v. Armando Rea

 10 Cr. 767 (JBW), E.D.N.Y.


Mr. Rea was charged with RICO conspiracy, murder, attempted murder, extortion, and illegal gambling. The Government alleged that Mr. Rea was an associate of the Bonanno Organized Crime Family, and the shooter in a 1980 murder.  Rea faced a potential life sentence.  Following the defense’s in limine motions, the Honorable Jack B. Weinstein suppressed tape recordings, granted a motion for judicial notice, granted the defense’s motions regarding potential cross-examination topics, and ordered a hearing on the suppression of Mr. Rea’s post-arrest statements to be reopened.  After jury selection, Mr. Rea pled guilty to a single count of conspiracy to commit extortion and faced a potential sentence of 12 to 18 months in prison.  He was sentenced to five years of probation.