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Kankakee County Man Resentenced to Higher Prison Term for Repeated Trafficking of Crack Cocaine

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

Urbana, Ill. - Edward Dorsey Sr., 43, of St. Anne, Ill., was sentenced late last week to 327 months (27 years, three months) in federal prison for repeated trafficking of crack cocaine. On Friday, Oct. 16, U.S. District Judge Colin Bruce added 51 months to Dorsey’s previous sentence of 276 months (23 years.) The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals had remanded Dorsey’s case to the district court for resentencing after Dorsey challenged conditions of his supervised release.

Dorsey pleaded guilty in August 2014 to distributing crack cocaine on three occasions in late 2013 in Kankakee County. The government presented evidence at Dorsey’s December 2014 sentencing that, during his drug trafficking activities, Dorsey threatened to shoot any law enforcement officers investigating him.

Judge Bruce had previously determined that Dorsey was a career offender with two prior felony drug trafficking convictions. In fact, at the time he committed the offenses, in late 2013, Dorsey had five prior felony drug convictions and was serving a three-year term of supervised release for a prior federal drug crime.

Dorsey was on federal supervised release at that time because his prior 10-year federal sentence had been reduced to time served (three years and eight months) after the U.S. Supreme Court concluded that he should have been sentenced under the more lenient penalties of the Fair Sentencing Act.

The charges were investigated 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 was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Eugene L. Miller.

Updated October 20, 2015

Drug Trafficking