The U.S. Attorney's office is planning to retry former State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr. on four corruption charges that led to a deadlocked jury in Brooklyn federal court Monday, sources tell NY1. NY1's Grace Rauh filed this report.
It turns out the two-month federal embezzlement trial against Pedro Espada Jr. and his son was just Round 1.
A U.S. Attorney's Office source tells NY1 that federal prosecutors are planning to retry the four remaining conspiracy and theft counts against the former State Senate Majority Leader.
A federal jury convicted Espada of four counts of theft Monday but was deadlocked on the rest of the charges. The source says prosecutors will also retry their case against Espada's son, Pedro G. Espada.
A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office declined to comment.
Convictions on the other counts could mean more time behind bars for Pedro Espada Jr. He already faces up to 40 years in prison for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Bronx health care clinic he founded 33 years ago.
Prosecutors said Pedro Espada Jr. took money that should have paid for health care and spent it on a $20,000 vacation, home renovations, restaurant meals and spa treatments for his wife.
Pedro Espada Jr.'s son Alejandro is now running the clinic, which is struggling to win its fight to stay afloat. Its halls are deserted and patients are being turned away. Federal and state funding has dried up.
"What happened yesterday was about the Espadas," Alejandro Espada said. "It's not about Soundview. Soundview has rights. Soundview's rights are being violated. And I ask each and every elected official [to] come on out and help Soundview."
No date has been set yet for the sentencing of Pedro Espada Jr. It could be a while before it takes place, now that it looks like he will be back in court defending himself against the remaining counts one more time.