Belle Glade man who shipped guns to ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez gets 2 years behind bars

hernandez-bigOscar Hernandez Jr. of Belle Glade was sentenced today to two years in federal prison for shipping guns to former New England Patriots player and convicted killer Aaron Hernandez.

Oscar Hernandez — who is not related to Aaron Hernandez — had pleaded guilty to charges including gun conspiracy and lying to a grand jury.

Public defender Charles P. McGinty had sought a one-year sentence – or about as long Oscar has been in custody, saying his client was lured into the scheme because he was awed by a celebrity, “grateful to be noticed, and had no way of anticipating the terrible events which would follow.”

Oscar Hernandez shipped several guns from Florida to Aaron Hernandez in Massachusetts before the then-tight end  killed a man in 2013. Oscar didn’t supply the murder weapon used to slay Odin Lloyd.

Aaron Hernandez is serving life in prison without parole.

Sheriff invites FBI, police group scrutiny of shootings

boblogoPalm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw has apparently decided to take the bull by the horns: In the wake of a series of Palm Beach Post and NewsChannel 5 stories detailing shootings by deputies, and inadequate internal investigations into those shootings, Bradshaw today asked the FBI to review “one particular case of interest.”

And he’s asking a well-respected advisory organizations, to review its internal affairs investigations of shootings.

Bradshaw stopped short of saying which one of the many shootings The Post/NewsChannel Five investigation examined is that case of interest, but Post reporter Lawrence Mower is hearing that it may be the Dontrell Stephens shooting.

The unarmed 20-year-old bicyclist was shot by a PBSO deputy 4 seconds after being stopped for a bike violation.

The deputy said he believed he saw Stephens reaching for a gun and bringing up a “dark square” object in his left hand. There was no weapon. Stephens has been holding a black cell phone in his right hand, the deputy’s dashboard camera showed.

The deputy was cleared of any violations of policy. Stephens, who has since filed suit, is partially paralyzed.

Federal transportation meeting Thursday in West Palm Beach

Federal officials are hosting a public meeting Thursday to gather comments about the local transportation planning process.

The meeting will be held at 2 p.m. in the conference room on the first floor of Palm Beach County’s Vista Center at 2300 N. Jog Road in West Palm Beach.

041315+WPB+SDixie+1The meeting is part of a review of the MPO conducted every four years by the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration.

The primary purpose of the so-called Certification Review is to evaluate the MPO’s compliance with federal laws and regulations.

Residents unable to attend the meeting can submit written comments until June 8 on forms that can be downloaded from the MPO website.

For more information, call 561 684 4143.

GEO: Feds gave Karnes immigrant center clean bill of health

Earlier this month, an estimated 40 immigrant women announced a hunger strike at the Karnes County Residential Center in Texas, where GEO Group houses immigrant women and children on behalf of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The women, some of whom had already cleared the first hurdle to being granted asylum, were demanding that they and their children be released.

It’s the federal government, not GEO, which makes release determinations.

But immigrants had also previously alleged mistreatment, including physical mistreatment,  at the GEO-run facility that went beyond immigration status decisions. In a written response, GEO told The Post that, “Earlier this year, the findings of a comprehensive investigation conducted by the Office of the Inspector General corroborated the unfounded and unsubstantiated nature of prior allegations.”

Karnes, wrote GEO,  “provides high quality care in a safe, clean, and family friendly environment, and on site U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel provide direct oversight to ensure compliance with ICE’s Family Residential Standards.

“Our company has consistently, strongly denied allegations to the contrary.”

Further, said GEO, just about anyone can come to the center and see for themselves, citing “an open and transparent policy of allowing visits to the Center by the public, elected local and national officials, federal officials from ICE and other government agencies, as well as nongovernmental organizations.”

The hunger strike, meanwhile, appears to have ended.