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DA Vance today announced the sentencing of Gigi Jordan to 18 years in state prison for the February 2010 death of her 8-year-old son Jude Mirra. On November 5, 2014, a New York State Supreme Court jury found Jordan guilty of Manslaughter in the First Degree, under the sole count of the indictment against her, for killing her son in a Midtown Manhattan hotel room. 

DA Vance announced the guilty plea of Xue Fang Zhou for stealing approximately $60,000 from the victim of a scam involving a so-called blessing ritual, commonly known as an “Evil Spirits” or “Chinese Blessing” scam. The defendant pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to Grand Larceny in the Third Degree and is expected to be sentenced on June 26, 2015. 

DA Vance announced the sentencing of Walter Walker to 20 years in state prison, and Earl Campbell to 16 years in state prison for their roles as the ringleaders of two separate illegal trafficking organizations that moved guns from North and South Carolina and then sold them to undercover detectives in New York City. On December 19, 2014, Walker pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to two counts of Criminal Sale of Firearms in the First Degree, as well as one count each of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the First Degree and Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree. On April 13, 2015, Campbell pleaded guilty to one count each of Criminal Sale of Firearms in the First Degree, Criminal Sale of Firearms in the Second Degree, and Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree. 

The Manhattan district attorney’s office charged New York broker-dealer Robert Depalo with running a sophisticated investment fraud, following a yearslong investigation that the office nearly dropped after hitting a dead-end. Prosecutors alleged in court documents that Mr. Depalo duped more than 20 high-net-worth investors in London into pouring $6.5 million into a fraudulent investment vehicle called Pangaea Trading Partners LLC. The Securities and Exchange Commission filed similar civil charges Wednesday afternoon.

DA Vance announced the indictment of Robert Depalo, Joshua Gladtke, Pangaea Trading Partners, LLC., and Excalibur Asset Management, LLC., for defrauding foreign investors based in the United Kingdom out of approximately $6.5 million through a private offering in New York. The defendants are charged in an indictment in New York State Supreme Court with Grand Larceny in the First Degree, Money Laundering in the First Degree, Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the First Degree, among other charges. Additionally, Depalo is charged with Criminal Tax Fraud. The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) conducted its own parallel investigation and is also bringing charges today.