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New Haven man receives stiff drug sentence

In any legal case, when multiple criminal charges are in play the situation grows especially serious. One charge frequently influences and implicates another, and potential sentencing totals can quickly add up to an intimidating amount of fines and jail time. While every criminal defense case has the potential to render a "not guilty" verdict or seriously lessened charges, the severity of these cases demands that a defendant be serious and proactive in their legal actions.

A Connecticut man has learned first-hand what multiple criminal charges can yield, after being sentenced in Vermont to over 21 years in prison for crack cocaine and gun charges. Allegedly the leader of a conspiracy drug ring, court records state that the 35-year old New Haven man had distributed crack, heroin, and other drugs from early 2007 until January 2009.

The man's multiple convictions included "conspiracy to distribute 280 grams or more of crack cocaine, conspiracy to possess a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and aiding and abetting possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime."

Sentencing took place in federal court last week after a four day trial that was held in June. Records show that the majority of the man's crimes were carried out in the Windsor area.

Two decades behind prison and a record peppered with felonies is a very difficult sentence to live down. In addition to time lost behind bars, the status of convicted felon will follow the New Haven man for the rest of his life, making employment and stable housing difficult to find. When multiple criminal charges have been filed, contacting an attorney is the best first step toward a more positive legal outcome.

Source: WTNH 8, "New Haven man sentenced on drug dealing charges in Vt.," Nov. 16, 2012

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