Cepeda sentence
Joey

Plainfield, IL

#1 Jan 22, 2010
From the Pioneer Press

January 21, 2010

By DAVID POLLARD
When asked by a federal court judge if he had anything to say prior to his sentencing Tuesday morning German Cepeda's words were broken up by tears.

"I really regret all of my actions," he said while sobbing. "I hurt the people I love and I don't want my parents to suffer. I love them."

Despite showing regret, he will still have to serve time in jail for abusing his power while working as a part-time police officer and code enforcement officer.

He was sentenced to one year and one day in federal court on Jan. 19. He pleaded guilty to charges of extortion, but had agreed to testify against ex-Melrose Park Police Chief Vito Scavo in May.

Cepeda will also have to pay back $11,250 in restitution to local Melrose Park bars like the El Dorado and Copacabana, where he forced owners to hire security from Scavo's security firm at a higher rate than their own.

Prior to sentencing, federal prosecutors said in addition to collecting cash security payments from businesses in the village and bringing them to Scavo, Cepeda had his own extortion operation from 1999 to 2005.

Cepeda worked the door as security at local bars and would occasionally search patrons. If his search uncovered drugs, Cepeda agreed to let the patron enter the bar but they would have to pay him $50 to $100.

As an auxiliary police officer, Cepeda would stop people and solicit bribes in return for not citing them, prosecutors said.

As a code enforcement employee he would let violations slide for $100 payments.

Federal prosecutors said such actions warranted a sentence of 16 months in prison. Cepeda's attorney asked for home confinement citing daycare needs for his young daughter, caring for his ailing parents, his own health and numerous letters sent to the court on his behalf.

His defense attorney said Cepeda's mother is bedridden, father has diabetes and other medical problems, and Cepeda does the cooking, cleaning and drives his parents around. The rows of seats behind Cepeda in the courtroom were filled with about 25 family members, friends and supporters.

Federal Court Judge Joan B. Gottschall said she understood the personal challenges Cepeda faced and his help in the overall investigation, including wearing a wire and his testimony, but she didn't believe home confinement was enough.

"Mr. Cepeda, because of the nature of the crimes, it's important justice be done for the people of Melrose Park," she said. "I cannot go with the defense's recommendation, because we'd be sending a message to all the people that what he's done doesn't mater."

She said the people of Melrose Park have conveyed the importance of this and other cases.

"This case has been followed by the entire community," she said. "I cannot give Cepeda the back of my hand."

Jesse Martinez, Melrose Park resident and former candidate for mayor, believes one year is not enough for "the atrocities that he (Cepeda) did to a lot of people."

Cepeda has three months to get his affairs in order before turning himself in to serve his sentence. After serving his time he will have two years of supervised release.
Liddy

Blue Island, IL

#2 Jan 22, 2010
I wonder if the Fed asked him if Serpico knew about the bribes he was taking as a code enforcement officer. It has been said in circles that Serpico did know and reamed Cepeda's superiors. All Serpico did was to have Cepeda's boss talk to him and tell him to stop doing it. Maybe that will come up in a future serpico indictment that he was aware of crimes and misconduct being committed in village hall one door down from the fat man's very office.
Jesse WHO

Villa Park, IL

#3 Jan 22, 2010
Why in the world is the pioneer press quoting Jesse Martinez????? Real credible reporting Pollard. Might as well ask Forest or Timmy Ryan for their thoughts on the whole thing.
Citizen

Blue Island, IL

#4 Jan 22, 2010
Jesse WHO wrote:
Why in the world is the pioneer press quoting Jesse Martinez????? Real credible reporting Pollard. Might as well ask Forest or Timmy Ryan for their thoughts on the whole thing.
Probably because he is the next mayor of Melrose Park.
well done

Woodridge, IL

#5 Jan 22, 2010
Citizen wrote:
<quoted text>
Probably because he is the next mayor of Melrose Park.
It'll never happen. The only people who vote in that town are the employees and their families. That doesn't add up to Martinez as Mayor.
Citizen

Blue Island, IL

#6 Jan 22, 2010
well done wrote:
<quoted text>
It'll never happen. The only people who vote in that town are the employees and their families. That doesn't add up to Martinez as Mayor.
it will after fat man has been indicted. the ones who were intimidated into either not voting or voting for the fat man. when the fear is gone and when his base crumbles
Fku Judge Gotschall

AOL

#7 Jan 23, 2010
Cepeda got a huge 1 year jail sentence from Judge Joan Gotschall. That's really going to scare the thieving Melrose Park village employees into obeying the law.

Fk you Judge Gotschall.
Jesse WHO

Bellwood, IL

#8 Jan 26, 2010
looks like the 3-1 shellacking still has not gotten through your head.
Citizen wrote:
<quoted text>
Probably because he is the next mayor of Melrose Park.
MEEE

Blue Island, IL

#9 Jan 26, 2010
Jesse WHO wrote:
looks like the 3-1 shellacking still has not gotten through your head.
<quoted text>
Actually 2 to 1....As said earlier...when Serpico is awaiting trial we will see how loyal his lackies really are. Once the teat is dry, they will be scurrying for the next one, and that already has a flavor of Tabasco....They are already cutting their deals and hedging their bets.

Come on guy! It's Melrose! You should know better...
Amy Cepeda

Bellwood, IL

#10 Feb 12, 2010
Jesse Martinez doesnt even know wth he
is talking about first of all , he didnt
even win mayor. and FYI Cepeda doesnt have
to pay that money!!! Get the info straight!
citizen

Melrose Park, IL

#11 Feb 21, 2010
Citizen wrote:
<quoted text>
Probably because he is the next mayor of Melrose Park.
Don't you get it? This town is 60% Hispanic. You had Serpico running for Mayor against Martinez and Serpico wins 69% of the vote. What does that tell you! It tells you that Jesse did not have the following that John Conteduca, Peraica, Manzo and the Ohio street boys thought he had. The people in this town will not vote for Jesse. He is not the right candidate. Go on to someone better qualified.
Hopper

Plainfield, IL

#12 Feb 21, 2010
citizen wrote:
<quoted text>Don't you get it? This town is 60% Hispanic. You had Serpico running for Mayor against Martinez and Serpico wins 69% of the vote. What does that tell you! It tells you that Jesse did not have the following that John Conteduca, Peraica, Manzo and the Ohio street boys thought he had. The people in this town will not vote for Jesse. He is not the right candidate. Go on to someone better qualified.
It tells me that the majority of the 60%(realistically higher) Hispanic in Melrose Park are probably illegal, therefore incapable of voting.
Village Idiot 2

Melrose Park, IL

#13 Nov 17, 2010
This guy got what he deserved. He seemed like a nice guy, but clearly what he did was criminal. He was held accountable, and hopefully after he's served his time he can come back to his life and lead a decent one.

Open question though: Why are village politicians so corrupt?

Why can't they be like that chick from Parks and Recreation?:)
EX MELROSE PARKER

Washington, DC

#14 May 22, 2012
Why is it that 60% of Melrose Park is Hispanic but Martinez did not win? Is there some corruption in the election process?? NO WAY JOSE! SAY IT AINT SO!
Probably because the 60% Hispanics CAN'T VOTE becausethey are either illegal aliens, or resident aliens who do not want to become citizens.
PUH LEASE, POR FA VOR! Melrose Park Stone Park and Northlake take turns in having their mayors and police indicted. The FBI has a public corruption unit that should open an office on North Ave. They willbe busy busy busy. Can we say speed trap on Mannheim? Prostitution stings/B.S. arrests of Hispanic non english speakers? Threats of having your "name in the papers" your car impounded, paying civil fines. Is Hitler living in Stone Park?Maybe the Chief of Police in Stone Park is the next one to be indicted? The FEDS already have their sights on his Honor Ben Mazulla!!!! Hey, he can shar a cell with Scavo!!! Don't drop the soap boys.
EX MELROSE PARKER

Washington, DC

#15 May 22, 2012
Hey Cepeda you clown, I hope I see you on the street one day, you are a disgrace to your family! I bet your mom and dad are soooooooooooo proud of you. PAYASO!
German

Chicago, IL

#16 Dec 28, 2012
I'm back and this time I'm helping Jesse. My savior!
Germ

Villa Park, IL

#17 Dec 28, 2012
Actually, I collected signatures for Serpico.. I went to jail once for him already, why not do it again?
Germ

Naperville, IL

#18 Dec 29, 2012
Come to my parties at club 64 and Alejandra's. I served my time and I'm working for them again, I like it in the poop shoot from Ron and billy!!! Uga Uga
P.s I'm on the payroll bithes, and I'm a felon.im just gonna keep sucking c-ck
Until I go to jail again. Signing off. THE GERMINATOR
Dirtbag

Naperville, IL

#20 Jan 20, 2013
German is a dirtbag

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