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Judge considers Rubashkin custody

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- The former CEO of a kosher slaughterhouse in Postville was back in a courtroom Wednesday.

A federal judge in Cedar Rapids is deciding whether or not to keep Rubashkin in custody or release him on bond until his sentencing... but that date still hasn't been set.

The hearing wrapped up around noon and the judge will issue a ruling Wednesday afternoon or Thursday according to clerk of court Robert Phelps.

Rubashkin was found guilty of 86 of 91 counts of financial fraud last week by a federal jury in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  The charges stem from the May 2008 immigration raid on the Postville kosher slaughterhouse.  

Rubashkin was found guilty on all 14 charges of bank fraud, all 24 counts of false statements to a bank, all 14 counts of wire fraud, all 9 counts of mail fraud, all 10 counts of money laundering and aiding and abetting and 15 of 20 counts of willful violation of an order of the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

Rubashkin faces a maximum 1,280 years in prison.

Rubashkin will face another trial on 72 immigration charges related to the raid in the coming months.

The charges were brought against him following the May 2008 raid of the former Agriprocessors plant that resulted in the arrest of 389 illegal workers.

The plant has since been sold and is now named Agri Star Meat and Poultry, LLC and is owned by Canadian businessman Hershey Friedman.

Online producer:  Adam Amdor

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