October 8, 2013
Colorado Cessa Sr. to U.S. Court; “Let my son out and I won’t appeal”
The sentencing phase for the money laundering trial began on September 4th, culminated in high drama when, as the sentencing hearing was winding down, Segura and Colorado Jr. were arrested near the courthouse. This was subsequent to the testimony of Segura, at which time, under oath, he indignantly declared he had never participated in any illegal or criminal activity with Colorado Sr. the stunning turn of events of the bribery case overshadowed the sentencing.
When the man at the center of the case, Colorado Sr., entered the courtroom this morning he was all smiles as he spotted and waved to his wife Maria Emma Salmon Rocho, two daughters and 14 year old step son. His attorney Chris Wood, advised the court of his clients wish to have the hearings held concurrently, rather than consecutively, he further stated his client wanted to wave his right to detention portion of the hearing, since he is already detained and he doesn’t want it to affect his appeal should there be a ruling in his favor in appeal, secondly, Wood said his client wanted to stay in the courtroom for the next two arraignments that of his son and friend.
The case developed with the aid of two confidential sources (CS1 and CS2) and two agents, one posing as a former federal inmate the other as the attorney brother in law who “represented him” before the same judge in the Colorado Sr. case. It was CS1 who on July 18tharranged a meeting with CS2 at “Strange Brew Coffee Shop” in Austin Texas with the undercover agents (UC1 and UC2).
CS1 is a trusted informant, having worked with FBI Agent Robert Mundy for two years, therefore has proven himself reliable, he met Colorado Sr. and the family while being incarcerated.
|Colorado Cessa was a major player in the Zetas money laundering scheme, including horse racing|
At that meeting Segura expressed that they wanted an attorney to handle the bribe, Colorado Jr. insisted on an attorney because of the attorney client privilege.
Defense attorneys countered that both informants have criminal history’s and were seeking ulterior motives, they pointed out that CS2 had been a part of the bribery plot for financial reasons, and now assisting in the case to divert his own charges.
Additional information and details of the investigation is in the criminal complaint below.
At the end of the day, judge Austin ruled against bail for Segura, not surprising due to his resources, wealth and immigration status. But in a remarkable move, Colorado Sr. offered the court a deal; If his son would be allowed bail, he would give up all right to appeals in his money laundering case conviction.
U.S. Attorney Douglas Gardner was adamant in his opposition of any deal, insinuating the action was a ploy against the U.S. system of justice, stating, ““The perversion of justice is their way of life”. Colorado Jr.’s attorney David Gerger asserted that his client has led a life free of crime. He went on to suggest some type of protection agreement with a premier security firm guarding Colorado Jr. in Austin, with no internet or phone privileges, so he could be near his family and perhaps attend school.
Gardner continued his case against bail by saying, Colorado Jr. while in jail, he had been scoffing at the charges against him and boasting that he would be drinking beer in Playa de Carmen this coming weekend after he was released.
Garner reminded the court on September 4th when testifying on behalf of his friend Colorado Sr., Segura was asked the question if he had ever engaged in criminal activity for or with Colorado Sr., he answered “no”, U.S. attorney Michelle Fernal then reminded Segura that he was under oath. He replied “yes ma’am”. Garner said; after the events of the bribery, I’m sure everyone was thinking, “How many times can one obstruct justice?”
Segura was arrested after he left court on that same day.
Judge Austin did not rule on the issue saying he would have to take it under consideration.
To read other posts on the trial type “zetas money laundering trial in the search bar” and link to week one here
and week two here