Videos of teen behaving badly could lead to change in conditions of release

When was a video shot? That was the main argument to keep a teenager out of jail.

He struck a plea deal to avoid a murder charge in the death of a man.

Quontez Kuvinka was recently seen on video shooting guns and selling drugs, but Judge Cindy Leos isn’t ready yet to put him back behind bars. 

It was just days ago when those videos of Kuvinka were made public. They were taken less than a month after Judge Leos put him in Young Adult Court rather than giving him jail time. 

“We are principally concerned with the defendant’s activity since he’s been released from custody. In general, he’s had this real blatant disregard for what I believe are his conditions of release,” said prosecutor Joshua Jiminez. 

Friday, prosecutors asked Judge Leos to lock up Kuvinka until a hearing after those videos of him surfaced. Kuvinka was involved in a carjacking and chase in October 2017 that led to the death of D’Markus Blea. 

Kuvinka’s attorney argues the videos are old and were re-shared. 

“The video contained shooting guns in a desert somewhere is an old video that was captured in 2017 sometime before Mr. Kuvinka was detained and charged in this case,” said Kuvinka’s attorney, Daniel Snyder. 

Prosecutors said they have an investigator who is an expert in Snapchat and can prove the videos are recent. In the end, Judge Leos wasn’t ready to make a decision on Friday, but she did make it clear through Young Adult Court, Kuvinka is not to have his hands on guns or drugs. 

A hearing will be held in May to determine when exactly the videos were taken before deciding if any changes will be made to Kuvinka’s conditions of release. 

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