Almost seven years on Rikers Island really labored in an inmate’s favor Wednesday as he lastly confronted sentencing in his tried homicide and housebreaking case.
Gregory (Grego) Ferguson, the third-longest-held inmate on the troubled jail, was sentenced in Bronx Supreme Court docket to 14 years — and a decide stated he would have been harsher had been it not for the considerate letters of correction officers and captains.
Justice Martin Marcus was moved by Rikers staffers who described Ferguson, 52, as a peacemaker who participated in jail packages and revered others.
“You’ve been a mannequin inmate,” Marcus stated.
Ferguson was arrested in 2011 and went to trial in 2015. A maelstrom of motions he filed brought about most of the delays in his case, first reported by the Each day Information on Monday.
Ferguson apologized for his anger about his case — which at instances escalated to assaults on the decide’s integrity — and spoke of “redemption.” However he maintained his innocence.
“Although I’ve been in Rikers Island seven years I haven’t let it change me,” he stated.
Marcus stated it was laborious to reconcile Ferguson’s litigiousness along with his good conduct behind bars.
“You’ve the talents and the intelligence — and primarily based in your expertise on Rikers Island, the self-discipline — self-discipline you’ve not proven right here — to guide a profitable life,” Marcus stated.
Ferguson was convicted of capturing Raymond Vargas within the face and arm in Vargas’ Mott Haven condominium.
Prosecutor David Slott stated Vargas has recovered bodily — regardless of a bullet nonetheless in his head — however stays traumatized.
Ferguson has unsuccessfully argued his trial was marred by prosecutor and juror misconduct.
“What might haven’t been an ideal trial — no trial is — was nonetheless a good trial,” Marcus stated.