U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
April 30, 2010
WOONSOCKET MAN RULED CAREER CRIMINAL
Sentenced to 210 months for trafficking crack cocaine
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Stephfon Cover, 38, of Woonsocket, R.I., was sentenced Friday to 210 months in federal prison for trafficking crack cocaine. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi imposed the sentence after finding Cover to be a career offender, declaring he was a “dangerous and violent” drug dealer. Cover had previously been convicted of felony assault and drug dealing in state court. He was on probation on his previous convictions at the time he was arrested and charged in federal court with trafficking crack cocaine.
U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha announced today’s sentence. Chief Judge Lisi found Cover guilty following a non-jury trial in August 2009. A co-defendant, Stephanie Fath, 33, of Woonsocket, pleaded guilty in this matter and is serving a five-year federal prison sentence.
During the trial, Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie S. Browne presented evidence that, in August 2008, Cover and co-defendant Stephanie Fath sold crack cocaine in Cranston. Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force agents monitored the transaction.
Fath admitted to two additional crack transactions in August 2008, one in Newport and one in Cranston. Cover was charged with taking part in those deals, but Judge Lisi acquitted him of those charges, finding that he was not directly involved in the transactions.
The buyer paid a total of $1,440 for a total of about 25 grams of crack cocaine in the three transactions.
Judge Lisi found Cover guilty of conspiracy and distributing crack cocaine. Fath pleaded guilty to conspiracy and three charges related to the distribution of crack cocaine
Undercover detectives from Cranston and Newport Police were part of the DEA Task Force that investigated the case.