Relatives or supporters of Jamaican Drug Lord, Christopher "Dudus" Coke, try to escape the press waiting outside Manhattan Federal Court, Friday March 16, 2012, after "Dudus'" sentencing was delayed. (Hayden Roger Celestin image)
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Mar. 16, 2012, 2:30 PM: The fans in Tivoli Gardens of Jamaican-born drug lord, Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, can breathe easier for now.
Coke, 45, who was slated to be sentenced at 2 p.m. this afternoon in Manhattan federal court had his sentencing on racketeering charges put off until May.
United States Southern District Court of New York, Judge Robert Patterson said he had received a recommendation from the Prosecution for a 23-year prison sentence.
However, he said he also got a letter from the defense dated March 12, saying the proposed sentence was too harsh. The prosecution could not provide enough evidence to support the recommended sentence and as such the judge postponed the sentencing after an evidentiary hearing.
That is scheduled to begin on May 22.
Coke, a hero to some in the West Kingston slum of Tivoli Gardens, was captured in 2010 in Jamaica during a stand-off between his ghetto followers and Jamaican soldiers. Some 70 persons died during the show down and Coke was later captured, dressed in a wig and disguised as a woman in a car driven by a Jamaican pastor.