Weakley County man sentenced to 235 months

Weakley County man sentenced to 235 months

Posted: Monday, June 30, 2008 8:42 pm

A Weakley County man has been sentenced in federal court in Jackson on drug-related charges. Michael Ellison, also known as “Big Mike,” 37, was sentenced last week in U.S. District Court in Jackson, where Chief Judge James D. Todd imposed a total sentence of 235 months in prison, according to Lawrence J. Laurenzi, acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee. Ellison pled guilty Jan. 16, 2008, to conspiracy to distribute over five grams of cocaine base (crack cocaine), in violation of federal law. The evidence at sentencing showed that Ellison allegedly conspired with other co-conspirators to distribute cocaine and cocaine base (crack cocaine) in the vicinity of Martin and Dresden. At sentencing, the government presented proof to show that Ellison was a leader of the drug conspiracy which involved five participants; that he had obstructed justice by threatening a witness; and that he was in possession of firearms, resulting in sentencing enhancements. The investigation was handled by the 27th Judicial Drug and Violent Crime Task Force and the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jerry Kitchen handled the case for the government. Published in The Messenger 6.30.08

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