Black Man Arrested As Teen Has Already Spent 7 Years In NYC’s Rikers Awaiting Trial

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June 17, 2015 by socialaction2014

The Chicago Defender

A 24-year-old Manhattan man has spent nearly seven years in New York City?s Rikers Island jail awaiting trial, a jaw-dropping record for pretrial incarceration that is unlikely to end soon, reports The New York Post.

Carlos Montero was a teenager when he was arrested on Oct. 23, 2008, after one of his friends fatally stabbed a man and the other slashed another man during a robbery in the city?s Washington Heights neighborhood, the Post says.

Since then, Montero has spent years trying to get his case tried separately from his codefendants, the Post says, but the court has balked at the requests. His lawyer now says it?s a waste of time to seek bail for Montero, saying it?s a lost cause, the report says.

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