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September 21, 2011

Jackson, Tenn- Edward L. Stanton, III, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee,
announced today that John Marcus Burns of Cedar Grove, Tennessee was sentenced to 120 months in
prison by District Court Judge J. Daniel Breen. Burns was sentenced to 10 years for conspiracy to possess
with the intent to distribute marijuana and distributing over 100 kilograms of marijuana, in violation of
Title 21, U.S.C. §§ 846 and 841(a)(1). Burns was currently serving a sentence in the Tennessee
Department of Corrections which had been imposed by the Circuit Court in Carroll County, Tennessee
in 2010. Judge Breen ordered 83 months of the 10 year sentence to run consecutively to the state sentence, with the remaining 37 months to run concurrent with the sentence.

Burns pled guilty on February 22, 2011. The evidence at sentencing showed that Burns conspired with
others to distribute marijuana in the Carroll County area. Burns was charged after a search of his residence
was conducted, based upon Burns being on parole. At sentencing, the District Court determined that
Burns had distributed over 100 kilograms of marijuana.

This case was investigated by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), the Carroll County Sheriff’s
Office, the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole. The case was
prosecuted by Assistant United Attorney Jerry Kitchen and Special Assistant United States Attorney Beth
Hall on behalf of the Government.

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