“Can He Make His Cheesecake In Prison?”

There are times criminal defense attorneys really have not much to work with when trying to get reduced sentences for their client’s and use what is called a “Hail Mary” pass to plead for mercy from the Judge.

It was reported that a violent felon was sentenced to life plus 36 years in prison after being found guilty by a jury of first degree murder for the heinous crimes of the rape and of bludgeoning to death a 29-year-old woman.


The violent bastard got exactly the sentence he deserved.

However, the defense attorney no doubt raised a few eyebrows during the sentencing hearing.

It turns out that around the same time the murder occurred, the defendant was trying to open a business that would employ people convicted of crimes, who had done their time or who were out of jail.

At the time of sentencing, the defense attorney argued that his client was a gifted “cheesecake baker” who had big plans to open a cafe on Central and name it the “Felony Cafe”.

The defendant even put up a large sign that reads “CRIME SCENE, COME ON IN”.

The slogan was to be “It is a crime it tastes so good.”

During the sentencing, the defense lawyer was quoted as saying:

“He, by all accounts, baked wonderful cheesecakes. … His idea was, ‘Let’s get jobs for these folks, we’ll call it the Felony Cafe. I will hire people who have gotten out of custody who want to make their lives better.”

The defendant himself said at his sentencing “I was trying to help people. … I wasn’t trying to hurt [the victim].”

Rumor has it that Terri Cole, the President and CEO of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, has already cancelled the guy’s chamber membership as part of her efforts to reduce crime in downtown Albuquerque after telling a task force last week that our high crime rates were interfering with economic development and the GACC membership.


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Pete Dinelli was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is of Italian and Hispanic descent. He is a 1970 graduate of Del Norte High School, a 1974 graduate of Eastern New Mexico University with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and a 1977 graduate of St. Mary's School of Law, San Antonio, Texas. Pete has a 40 year history of community involvement and service as an elected and appointed official and as a practicing attorney in Albuquerque. Pete and his wife Betty Case Dinelli have been married since 1984 and they have two adult sons, Mark, who is an attorney and George, who is an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Pete has been a licensed New Mexico attorney since 1978. Pete has over 27 years of municipal and state government service. Pete’s service to Albuquerque has been extensive. He has been an elected Albuquerque City Councilor, serving as Vice President. He has served as a Worker’s Compensation Judge with Statewide jurisdiction. Pete has been a prosecutor for 15 years and has served as a Bernalillo County Chief Deputy District Attorney, as an Assistant Attorney General and Assistant District Attorney and as a Deputy City Attorney. For eight years, Pete was employed with the City of Albuquerque both as a Deputy City Attorney and Chief Public Safety Officer overseeing the city departments of police, fire, 911 emergency call center and the emergency operations center. While with the City of Albuquerque Legal Department, Pete served as Director of the Safe City Strike Force and Interim Director of the 911 Emergency Operations Center. Pete’s community involvement includes being a past President of the Albuquerque Kiwanis Club, past President of the Our Lady of Fatima School Board, and Board of Directors of the Albuquerque Museum Foundation.