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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Jamestown Man Arrested While On Parole Pleads Guilty To Crack Cocaine Charge

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE: (716) 843-5817
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BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Shaquelle Coleman, 27, of Jamestown, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and $1,000,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan E. Leydecker, who is handling the case, stated that the defendant was arrested with another absconding parolee, Earl Stone Jr., on January 23, 2019, for violating terms of parole. Coleman and Stone were located in the upstairs bedroom of a residence on West 7th Street in Jamestown. During a search of the two defendants, law enforcement officers recovered $1,400 in U.S. Currency. They also recovered a quantity of suspected crack cocaine, a digital scale with white residue, and three cellular telephones from the residence.

Earl Stone was previously convicted and is awaiting sentencing.

The plea is the culmination of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Stephen Belongia; the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Acting Chief Timothy Jackson; the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, under the direction of under the direction of Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci; and the New York State Police, under the direction Major James Hall.

Sentencing is scheduled for January 21, 2021, before Judge Arcara.

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Updated September 23, 2020