BOSTON - A Springfield man was sentenced yesterday in federal court for distributing cocaine.
Eric Robinson, 38, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Michael A. Ponsor to eight years in prison to be followed by four years of supervised release. On April 19, 2011, Robinson pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine base
Had the case proceeded to trial the government’s evidence would have proven that on two occasions in January 2010, Robinson sold crack cocaine to a cooperating witness.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Richard DesLauriers, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division; Michael Mastroianni, Hampden County District Attorney; Colonel Marian McGovern, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Commissioner William Fitchet of the Springfield Police Department; and Michael J. Ashe, Jr., Hampden County Sheriff made the announcement.
The case was investigated by the FBI’s Western Massachusetts Gang Task Force, consisting of law enforcement personnel from the FBI, Massachusetts State Police, Springfield Police Department and the Hampden County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex J. Grant of Ortiz’s Springfield Branch.