US Dept of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office / District of Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – On May 13, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals
for the First Circuit submitted a 57 page opinion affirming the conviction of Edison
Burgos-Montes, announced Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez, U.S. Attorney for the
District of Puerto Rico.
Edison Burgos-Montes appealed from his conviction for two counts of drug cons-
piracy and two counts of murder. The latter stemmed from the disappearance of
Burgos-Montes’ girlfriend – Madelin Semidey-Morales – shortly after Burgos-
Montes learned that she had been acting as a government informant. Burgos-Mon-
tes challenged the sufficiency of the evidence supporting his conviction, the denial
of several pre-trial motions to suppress evidence, and a number of other district
court actions before and during trial.
In upholding the jury’s verdict, a three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals found
Burgos-Montes’ arguments unpersuasive and, thus, affirmed his conviction.
“The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Puerto Rico congratulates all the
prosecutors and agents who worked tirelessly in the investigation and prosecution
of Burgos-Montes, with great success,” said Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez, U.S.
Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico. The appeal was handled by Assistant U.S.
Attorney Francisco A. Besosa, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Appellate Division.
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