(PatriotWise.com) — A former NYPD officer who shared a cell with Jeffrey Epstein has been convicted of murder. Nicholas Tartaglione was found guilty of killing four men in a row over drug money. The ex-cop had turned to drug dealing after he retired from NYPD, and when he suspected an associate had stolen money from him, he called for a meeting in Chester, an area about 60 miles from New York City.
Martin Luna arrived for the meeting with two nephews and a family friend. Tartaglione killed Luna and, along with some associates, shot the two nephews and the friend in the head. The former policeman then buried the four victims in a hole. He now faces life in prison.
The 55-year-old shared a cell with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein in the early stages of his detention. The Brooklyn-born billionaire committed suicide when he was awaiting trial for offenses including trafficking charges. He was accused of running a “vast network” of underage girls forced into prostitution.
Epstein’s case made global headlines, partly because of the high profile of many of his associates, particularly the son of Queen Elizabeth II, as well as former Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump. Prince Andrew, Duke of York, was stripped of some of his Royal titles following the scandal. He denied ever having inappropriate relations with his female accusers.
Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s former girlfriend who is said to have procured access to underage girls on his behalf, is serving a 20-year sentence for trafficking in a New York prison. She was found guilty of “grooming” girls for Epstein to abuse from 1994 to 2004. Prosecutors said she played a significant part in facilitating the exploitation of numerous underage girls. Maxwell befriended the girls, some as young as 14, and lavished them with attention and gifts. She then ordered them to perform massages on Mr. Epstein who used the opportunity to abuse them. Judge Alison J Nathan said Maxwell’s conduct was “heinous and predatory.”
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