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Kankakee County Man Pleads Guilty to Three Counts Of Distribution Of Crack Cocaine

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Central District of Illinois

Urbana, Ill. Sentencing has been scheduled for Dec. 15, 2014, for a St. Anne, Ill., man, Edward Dorsey Sr., 42, who entered open pleas of guilty on Friday to three counts of distributing crack cocaine in Kankakee County. Dorsey appeared on Aug. 22, before U.S. Magistrate Judge David G. Bernthal. The indictment, returned by a grand jury in May 2014, charged Dorsey with distribution of more than 28 grams (approximately one ounce) of crack cocaine on two occasions, Nov. 21 and Dec. 18, 2013, and with distribution of crack cocaine on Dec. 10, 2013.

A petition to revoke Dorsey’s federal supervised release remains pending. Dorsey was serving a three-year term of supervised release for a prior federal drug crime at the time he admitted to committing the crimes as charged in the indictment.

The petition to revoke Dorsey’s supervised release was filed by the U.S. Probation Office for the Central District of Illinois based on the drug trafficking charges, as well as allegations of aggravated unlawful restraint and battery involving a firearm in violation of state law. According to the petition to revoke supervised release, Dorsey allegedly kidnapped and battered a man at a Citgo Gas Station in Pembroke, Ill., on Jan. 9, 2014. The petition further alleges that Dorsey grabbed the man by the shirt, forced him into a car, pointed a gun at him, and punched and choked him. The petition alleges that Dorsey drove around with the man until Dorsey found a stolen television, at which point, he let the man go.

At sentencing, for the drug offenses, Dorsey faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years to life in prison under the revised penalties contained in the Fair Sentencing Act. If Dorsey’s supervised release is revoked, he could be sentenced to up to three years in prison in addition to his sentence for the drug trafficking charges. Dorsey remains detained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

The charges are the result of an investigation by the Kankakee Area Project Safe Neighborhoods Task Force, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Kankakee Police Department, and the Kankakee County Major Crimes Task Force.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Eugene L. Miller.

Updated June 23, 2015