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‘Joe Crack’ asks for reduced sentence in drug case

November 2, 2019 GMT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man nicknamed “Joe Crack” who has been imprisoned for more than a decade for drug dealing is asking a judge to resentence him to time served under a federal criminal justice reform law.

Joel Soto is set to be resentenced Monday in federal court in New Haven. Prosecutors say Soto’s 19-year prison sentence was warranted.

The 37-year-old former Bridgeport resident was among more than 40 people prosecuted in connection with a large cocaine and crack cocaine dealing operation in the Bridgeport area.

Soto was convicted of drug charges by a jury in 2010.

He is asking for a sentence reduction under The First Step Act signed into law by President Trump last year. The law gives judges more discretion in sentencing and eases mandatory minimum sentences.