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March 23, 2012

ANTHONY DAVIS, age 29, and his brother RUSSELL DAVIS, age 26, both residents of New Orleans, Louisiana, were sentenced today by U. S. District Judge Lance M. Africk, to 14 years (168 months) imprisonment and 15 years (180 months) imprisonment, respectively, for their roles in distributing and possessing with the intent to distribute narcotic drug controlled substances, announced U. S Attorney Jim Letten. In addition to the terms of imprisonment, Judge Africk imposed eight (8) years of supervised release upon each of the defendants following their term of imprisonment. During the eight-year term the defendants will be under federal supervision and risk an additional term of imprisonment should they violate any terms of their supervised release.

Each sentence represented an upward departure from the advisory sentence recommended by the United States Sentencing Guidelines. According to Judge Africk, reliable information indicated that each of the DAVIS brothers’ criminal history category substantially under-represented the seriousness of their criminal history and the likelihood that they would commit other crimes. ANTHONY DAVIS had prior Orleans Parish felony convictions for attempted manslaughter and attempted distribution of cocaine. RUSSELL DAVIS had prior Orleans Parish felony convictions for aggravated battery and possession of crack cocaine. RUSSELL DAVIS also has a pending Orleans Parish criminal charge for aggravated battery by shooting.

Previously, on December 1, 2011, ANTHONY and RUSSELL DAVIS each entered a guilty plea before Judge Africk admitting that between February 2, 2011, and March 2, 2011, they violated the Federal Controlled Substances Act by distributing and possessing with the intent to distribute narcotic drug controlled substances. According to court documents, ANTHONY DAVIS pled guilty to one count of distribution of a quantity of heroin. In addition, ANTHONY AND RUSSELL DAVIS each pled guilty to various counts of distribution and possession with the intent to distribute various quantities of cocaine base (“crack”).

This case was investigated by Special Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Theodore Carter, Kevin Boitmann, and Sean Toomey.

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