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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


BRADLEY J. SCHLOZMAN



Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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MARCH 30, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


COLUMBIA MAN SENTENCED TO 21 YEARS

FOR CRACK COCAINE


            JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Bradley J. Schlozman, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Columbia, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.


             Marcus DeWayne Harris, 31, of Columbia, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey this morning to 21 years and 10 months in federal prison without parole.


             On Nov. 17, 2006, Harris pleaded guilty to possessing with the intent to distribute five grams or more of crack cocaine on April 23, 2006.


            This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Lynn. It was investigated by the Boone County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.


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