Jose Aguiar, the person on the middle of a corruption scandal that shook Palm Bay, was sentenced to a few years in jail Friday.
In October, Aguiar pleaded responsible to prison conspiracy, a third-degree felony. In return, the state agreed to drop felony racketeering and conspiracy to commit racketeering prices.
Aguiar confronted as much as 5 years in jail and a $5,000 positive on the conspiracy. Had he been convicted on all prices he confronted as much as 30 years in jail. He was instantly remanded into custody.
‘Whereas I respect the court docket’s ruling, I’m very disillusioned with the result,” stated Aguiar’s legal professional Daniel Martinez. “We have been in search of probation.”
“However the choose (Michael Linn) disagreed, and he’s entitled to.”
Martinez stated he and Aguiar will focus on a attainable attraction.
Aguiar after which Deputy Metropolis Supervisor Dave Isnardi have been arrested in Might 2019.
The arrest warrants for the 2 confirmed that the FBI and Florida Division of Regulation Enforcement had been investigating allegations of corruption and undue affect on metropolis officers in Palm Bay since a minimum of 2015. The warrants drew closely from secret recordings made by a confidential supply working with investigators.
The fees centered on an alleged plot by Aguiar and Dave Isnardi to blackmail two metropolis councilmen to sway their future votes in favor of zoning modifications Aguiar and Isnardi wished for a scrap steel enterprise they’d be companions in and different initiatives.
The arrest warrants alleged Isnardi and Aguiar have been plotting to make use of a hidden digicam to document then-Palm Bay Council member Tres Holton and Jeff Bailey having intercourse with prostitutes at “the Clubhouse,” a Canova Avenue residence then owned by Aguiar, the place Holton, Bailey and different Palm Bay officers frolicked. They then deliberate to make use of these recordings to blackmail Holton and Bailey into voting the best way Aguiar wished on numerous points together with rezoning a property that Aguiar owned to permit him to open the scrap steel enterprise.
It wasn’t clear from the arrest paperwork whether or not the 2 ever did arrange a digicam or made any recordings.
The warrants additionally stated that Isnardi and Aguiar plotted to plant medication in Bailey’s automotive and prepare for a Brevard County sheriff’s deputy to carry out a visitors cease on Bailey to find the medication.
Isnardi pleaded responsible to a single felony cost of prison conspiracy final October. He was sentenced to 5 years probation.
Holton misplaced a re-election bid in 2018. Bailey resigned in July, saying he had taken a job out of state.
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