A marijuana distributor linked to the 2007 shooting death of Tennessee Highway Ptl. Calvin Jenks has received the maximum prison sentence for his drug involvements.
Ruben Gauna, 28, of Austin, Texas, was sentenced in the United States District Court on Sept. 22 according to Edward L. Stanton, III, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee.
Chief Judge Jon P. McCalla imposed a sentence of 60 months, the maximum sentence, in prison for conspiracy to distribute marijuana.
Gauna was convicted on Dec. 11, 2009. The evidence presented at the sentencing hearing showed that in early January of 2007, Orlando Garcia and Alejandro Gauna traveled to the Western and Middle Districts of Tennessee from Austin, to sell marijuana.
Both Orlando Garcia and Alejandro Gauna obtained marijuana from Ruben Gauna for distribution in Tennessee. During a traffic stop of Garcia and Alejandro Gauna in Tipton County, Tennessee, for speeding, Trooper Calvin Jenks was shot and killed by Alejandro Gauna.
After the shooting of the State Trooper Alejandro Gauna called his brother, Ruben, told him what he had done and told him that he needed to clean out the stash house, according to a press release issued by the Western District Attorney General’s office.
Ruben then apparently called other co-conspirators and told them to flee the stash house, that the police would be coming and to report the car that Alejandro Gauna and Garcia were driving as stolen.
An investigation revealed Ruben, his brother, was the source of supply of the marijuana both Garcia and Alejandro Gauna were distributing.
The investigation was handled by Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, (DEA), Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, (ATF), Tipton County Sheriff’s Department, Metro-Nashville Police Department, Brownsville Police Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol, (THP), Austin, Texas Police Department and Covington Police Department.
Assistant United States Attorney Jerry R. Kitchen handled the case for the government.