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Boston Man Sentenced for Selling Crack Cocaine to Bedford VA Medical Center Residents

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

BOSTON – A Boston man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for distributing crack cocaine.

Austin Wilkerson, 41, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV to three years of probation.  In 2018, Wilkerson pleaded guilty to three counts of distributing cocaine base, also known as crack cocaine, on the Veterans Affairs Medical Center campus in Bedford. 

In January 2017, a cooperating witness reported to law enforcement that Wilkerson was selling crack cocaine to Michael Sexton, a resident at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. On July 27, Aug. 10, and Sept. 5, 2017, Wilkerson provided crack cocaine to Sexton, who then sold it to the cooperating witness at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Bedford.

In October 2019, Sexton was sentenced to time served (approximately two months) and two years of supervised release.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Sean J. Smith, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General, Northeast Field Office; Brian Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Division; and F. Todd Foreman, Chief of Police of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Police Service, Bedford VA Medical Center, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas Soivilien and Timothy Moran of Lelling's Criminal Division prosecuted the case.

Updated December 20, 2019