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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Sarasota ASA Jason Miller wrongfully accused of making mistake that set teen thug Jorge R. Estarellas free, Sarasota Herlad Tribune ran a retraction.

Judge reverses decision that freed a defendant, By Todd Ruger SARASOTA COUNTY - A circuit judge has reversed his decision that freed a robbery defendant who police also believe to be a high-ranking member of the Latin Kings gang in Florida.

Circuit Judge Deno Economou ruled that Jorge R. Estarellas, 19, of Miami, should be taken back into custody (he was and made bail, it appears from Sarasota County records) to face a robbery charge, committed in Sarasota County, that Judge Economou dismissed earlier.

Economou's first order meant Estarellas left the Sarasota County jail and headed back home (to Miami) without having to worry about the charge. But Economou ruled that his first ruling was based on an oversight.

Economou had thrown out the only robbery count against Estarellas, ruling that a prosecutor's paperwork mistake had violated Estarellas' right to a speedy trial, which requires the state to bring charges within a certain time after the arrest.

Jorge Estarellas has an arrest history in Miami, just last year he was arrested for the use of a firearm in committing a felony. Deputies arrested Jorge R. Estarellas, 19, of Miami, after he was identified as one of three men who tried to take a woman's jewelry and clothing outside a restaurant on Bee Ridge Road in May. Estarellas is scheduled to go to trial, and faceS up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

According to the records of the Sarasota County Clerk, Jorge R. Estarellas was recharged by ASA jason Miller on 11/21/2008 and will go to trial in Sarasota County, see below;
1/12/2009 Court Event Set Event:

CRIMINAL - JURY TRIAL
Date: 04/13/2009 Time: 9:00 am
Judge: ECONOMOU, DENO
Location: Courtroom 4-A

UPDATE.. 2/16/2009, According to an email I received from ASA Jason Miller, "the Sarasota Herlad Tribune (SHT) newspaper printed an essential retraction because they misquoted much of the story. There was never anything of fault on my part, the charge stands, and the defense attorney misrepresented the facts. Estarellas will be prosecuted. I do appreciate your attention to the matter, but the facts do not support the SHT story, and they retracted much of it, placing the blame elsewhere. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions". JM

The Sarasota Herlad Tribune had wrongfully claimed that ASA Jason Miller was at fault for Jorge R. Estrellas being set free. Miller said the ruling vindicated him. "I did nothing wrong last week, I did nothing wrong this week, and I'm moving forward with the charges," he said.

Any reference to ASA Jason Miller being responsible for the release of teen thug Jorge R. Estrellas has been removed from this site. The Sarasota Herlad Tribune article was initially incorrect in it's targeting of ASA Jason Miller.

Judge Economou issued an arrest warrant on for Estarellas and set bail at $5,000. The bail for the original robbery charge was $100,000. Estarellas plans to turn himself in to the jail in Miami, post bail and remain free while attorneys continue to argue as to whether the charges against him should be dismissed, his attorney Betsy Young said after talking to her client's family.

INITIAL ARREST..Police: 3 Members Of Latin Kings Arrested; Trio Wanted In Connection With Armed Robbery In Sarasota County POSTED: 2:46 pm EDT May 9, 2008, MIAMI -- Miami-Dade police said they have arrested three men believed to be members of a violent street gang called the Latin Kings. Jose Ateitotua, 18, Adrian Castellanos, 21, and Jorge Estarellas, 18, were wanted in connection with an armed robbery in Sarasota County.

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office issued a warrant for their arrest. All three men were arrested without incident at their homes in Miami-Dade County on Wednesday. They were being held at a Miami-Dade County jail (at that time May 9th 2008).

Jorge Estarellas had been arrested 8 other times in the Miami area, but only one of the arrests are public record, the other 7 arrests occured before he was 18 or younger, his prior arrests include use of a firearm to commit a felony, this was in November of 2007.

Last Name ..........First Name.........DOB
ESTARELLAS .....JORGE..............09/07/1989
ESTARELLAS......JORGE...............09/07/1989
ESTARELLAS......JORGE...............09/07/1989
ESTARELLAS......JORGE...............09/07/1989
ESTARELLAS......JORGE...............09/07/1989
ESTARELLAS......JORGE...............09/07/1989
ESTARELLAS......JORGE...............09/07/1989
ESTARELLAS......JORGE...............09/07/1989

Case....................Filed date.........Closed Date......First Charge
F07034221B.....10/01/2007....12/06/2007.....CONCEALED F/A /CARRY
F07034224.......10/01/2007.....11/09/2007....FIREARM/USE COMT FEL


Bill Warner
Private Investigator
www.wbipi.com