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March 11, 2011

A Mt. Vernon, Illinois man, convicted of distributing crack cocaine, was sentenced to 235 month (19 years, 7 months), in federal prison on March 11, 2011, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

Brandon D. Bolling, a/k/a “B-Dog,” 25, of Mt. Vernon, Illinois, pleaded guilty on December 4, 2010, to three counts in a federal indictment. Counts 1 and 2 charged that on two separate occasions on August 10, 2010, Bolling distributed crack cocaine. Count 3 charged that on August 11, 2010, Bolling distributed crack cocaine.

At sentencing, the District Judge determined that Bolling was a Career Offender because he had multiple prior felony crimes of violence and felony controlled substance offense. Because Bolling was a Career Offender, his sentencing range was higher under the Sentencing Guidelines. United States Attorney Wigginton noted that offenders with lengthy prior records of offenses deserve long terms of imprisonment to keep them from preying on the citizens of Southern Illinois.

The investigation was conducted by the Joint Narcotics Unit of the Mt. Vernon Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Illinois State Police, the Jefferson County State’s Attorney’s Office, and other law enforcement agencies pursuant to their participation in the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a joint and cooperative effort of the United States Attorney’s Office, and federal, state and local law enforcement agencies directed at removing guns and drugs from our communities.

The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney George Norwood.




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