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Jefferson City Man Sentenced for Distributing Heroin

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

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Jefferson City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for distributing heroin.


Brian Boykin, also known as “Denormus Okain” and “B,” 38, of Jefferson City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes to eight years and two months in federal prison without parole. Today’s sentence reflects an upward variance to a longer term of imprisonment than what is recommended under the federal sentencing guidelines, due to Boykin’s criminal history.


On July 27, 2015, Boykin pleaded guilty to two counts of distributing heroin and one count of possessing heroin with the intent to distribute.


While on parole from a 15-year sentence imposed in St. Louis City Circuit Court, Boykin twice sold heroin to a confidential police informant in November 2013 on or near the property of the Jefferson City Housing Authority. On Feb. 13, 2014, Boykin was arrested for the two sales to the confidential informant. At the time of his arrest in front of a JCHA property, Boykin was in possession of 12 grams of heroin and 1 gram of crack cocaine.


Boykin admitted that he distributed heroin to approximately 10 people in Jefferson City, and estimated that he had distributed between 10 and 20 grams of heroin each week since October 2013. Boykin would have netted $500 on 10 grams and $1,000 on 20 grams sold per week. Over a period of 18 weeks, Boykin would have netted $9,000 on 180 grams sold and $18,000 on 360 grams sold.


The government filed a motion for the court to sentence Boykin to a longer term of incarceration than the maximum 87 months recommended by the federal sentencing guidelines. This case represents Boykin’s sixth felony prosecution. In his five previous cases, he has been convicted of distribution of a controlled substance in 1998, attempted vehicle theft in 1999, distribution of crack cocaine near a school in 2000, possession of heroin and cocaine in 2007, and trafficking in crack cocaine in 2007. For all of this criminal activity, Boykin was sentenced by various state courts to an aggregate total of 40 years’ imprisonment. However, between a suspended imposition of sentence, multiple suspended execution of sentences, unsuccessful treatment programs, and failed drug courts, Boykin has served only a total of approximately five years and three months in state prison.


Boykin was incarcerated between June 2009 and May 2013. During that period, he completed Missouri’s long-term treatment program and was released to parole. He committed the federal drug-trafficking offenses within six months of his release.


This case was prosecuted by Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael S. Oliver. It was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Jefferson City, Mo., Police Department.

Updated February 22, 2016

Drug Trafficking