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Previously Deported Jamaican National, With Prior Murder Conviction, Sentenced In Albany On Illegal Drugs, Firearms Charges

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

ALBANY: Charles Peeler, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced Thursday that U.S. District Court Judge Leslie Abrams sentenced Michael O’Neal Walker, also known by the names Kevin Omar Foster, Kevin Nunyi Lewis, Mosiah Omar Wright and Nunyi Jacob Wright, age 41, of Montego Bay, Jamaica, for Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute and Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime.

Mr. Walker entered a guilty plea to these charges on July 26, 2018 in federal court in Albany.  The Government filed a sentence enhancement in Mr. Walker’s case because of his prior convictions.  Judge Abrams sentenced Mr. Walker to 12 months imprisonment for the narcotics charge, and 60 months to be served consecutively in prison on the firearms charge.  In addition, Judge Abrams revoked the term of supervised release for Mr. Walker’s 1999 murder conviction and sentenced him to an additional period of 46 months confinement, for a total of 118 months imprisonment.  Judge Abrams ordered Mr. Walker to be delivered to immigration authorities for deportation proceedings following the conclusion of his federal prison sentence.

At the time he was discovered in possession of marijuana and firearms, Mr. Walker was subject to a term of supervised release imposed after his 1999 conviction in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota for Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana, Cocaine and Cocaine Base and Murder in Relation to a Drug Trafficking Crime.  On April 25, 2013, Mr. Walker was deported to Jamaica as a result of the 1999 conviction.

“Albany is a safer community following today’s stiff sentencing of Mr. Walker,” said U.S. Attorney Charles Peeler.  “The U.S. Attorney’s Office will continue to use every resource available to make sure career criminals like Mr. Walker are kept off the streets. I want to applaud the collective work of the Albany/Dougherty Drug Unit in the successful apprehension and investigation of Mr. Walker.”

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. “Project Safe Neighborhoods is a proven program with demonstrated results,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on October 3, 2018.  “We know that the most effective strategy to reduce violent crime is based on sound policing policies that have proven effective over many years, which includes being targeted and responsive to community needs.  I have empowered our United States Attorneys to focus enforcement efforts against the most violent criminals in their districts, and directed that they work together with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and community partners to develop tailored solutions to the unique violent crime problems they face.  Each United States Attorney has prioritized the PSN program, and I am confident that it will continue to reduce crime, save lives, and restore safety to our communities.”

The case was investigated by agents of the Albany/Dougherty Drug Unit and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Leah McEwen.

Questions concerning this release should be directed to Pamela Lightsey, Public Information Officer, United States Attorney’s Office, at (478) 621-2603.

Updated October 5, 2018

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