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Three Defendants Sentenced To Prison In Seperate Cocaine Cases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 1, 2009

Springfield, Ill. – This week, three defendants convicted in separate, unrelated cocaine cases were sentenced to federal prison terms by U.S. District Judge Jeanne E. Scott. The cases were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason M. Bohm.

Bishop Graham, 32, of Joliet, Illinois, was sentenced to 292 months (24 years, four months) in federal prison. Graham was convicted of distribution of 50 grams or more of crack cocaine on August 13, 2008, following a two-day trial. He was indicted on December 4, 2007. At sentencing, the court found Graham accountable for 762.55 grams of crack cocaine. Further, the court found that Graham committed perjury at his trial. Co-defendant Clarence Plato was sentenced in April 2009 to 262 months (21 years, 10 months) in prison. Agencies involved in the case investigation were the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Springfield Police Department and Illinois State Police.

In a separate case, Thalamus Alexander, 33, of the 1900 block of East Cedar Street, Springfield, Illinois, was sentenced to 85 months (seven years and one month) in federal prison. Alexander pled guilty on February 27, 2009, to possession of crack cocaine. At sentencing, the court found Alexander accountable for 133.6 grams of crack cocaine. Law enforcement agencies that investigated the case include the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Springfield Police Department.

In another case, Jose Ruiz-Bautista, 22, of Beardstown, Illinois, was sentenced to a term of 29 months (two years, five months) in prison. Bautista pled guilty on August 4, 2008 to distribution of cocaine and possession with intent to deliver cocaine. The court found Bautista accountable for 822 grams of powder cocaine. Bautista is an illegal alien who will be deported upon completion of his prison sentence. Law enforcement agencies that investigated the case include the Drug Enforcement Administration; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; the Central Illinois Enforcement Group; Beardstown Police Department; Pike County Sheriff’s Department; and Illinois State Police.

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