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Three Men Get State Prison in Drug, Intimidation Cases

February 16, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Christopher Rees, 215.348.6341, cwrees@buckscounty.org

Kenny Donohue Jorge Cruz Jesus DeJesus
     Kenny Donohue                  Jorge Cruz                 Jesus DeJesus

Three Philadelphia men were sentenced to state prison on Monday for threatening and terrorizing a female informant who had helped Bensalem police arrest two of them on drug charges the day before.

Jorge Cruz, 23, and Kenny Donohue, 47, both of the 2800 block of Norcross Lane, were sentenced to three to six years after pleading guilty to possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, criminal use of a cell phone, terroristic threats and related conspiracy counts.

Bucks County Common Pleas Court Judge Wallace H. Bateman Jr. sentenced the third defendant, 27-year-old Jesus DeJesus of the 4600 block of Decatur Street, to one to two years for terroristic threats and conspiracy.

Each of the men, who had been incarcerated for almost one year awaiting trial, was given a consecutive five years of probation as well.

Donohue and Cruz were arrested on Feb. 16, 2016, at the Comfort Inn on Lincoln Highway in Trevose after the informant had arranged to meet them there to buy drugs. Police recovered 74 bags of crack cocaine from the two.

After being released on bail, the suspects began calling the informant’s phone, leaving threatening voicemails and insisting that she call them back. When they finally reached the woman, they threatened to harm her and a family member if she didn’t come to speak with them at their house.

The defendants sent a taxi cab to the woman’s house to take her to their Philadelphia residence. When she arrived, the men frisked her for recording devices, refused to let her leave, and interrogated her for several hours about her possible role in their arrests, according to court documents.

DeJesus joined the other two and at one point guarded the woman when the other two defendants left the house.

The woman got permission to use her phone to contact her brother. She instead contacted a Bensalem police officer whose number she had saved in her phone under the name “brother.”

Speaking in coded language, the woman alerted the officer that she was in danger and being held at the men’s house. She told the officer that in order to convince the men to release her, she needed him to send her documentation of her arrest the night before, even though she hadn’t been arrested.

The officer alertly fabricated paperwork with her name on it and sent it by text message to her phone. After several hours the defendants released her with a warning to answer their phone calls in the future or face retaliation.

The victim sat in court Monday but did not speak. She submitted a written statement to Bateman suggesting that despite her own substance abuse and legal troubles, she did not deserve the treatment the defendants had given her.

All three of the defendants had prior convictions that included drug offenses.

“The facts that I’ve heard are particularly troubling for each of you,” Bateman said as he accepted a plea agreement negotiated by Deputy District Attorney Christopher Rees and three defense attorneys.

Approved for release by Robert James, Deputy District Attorney.

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