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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Wisconsin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 1, 2013

Madison Man Sentenced On Marijuana Charge

Madison, Wis. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that George Paquette, 32, Madison, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb to four years in prison for conspiracy to distribute marijuana.

Between May and December 2009, Paquette and Ernesto Abeyta conspired to possess marijuana with intent to distribute in Madison. Abeyta was prosecuted for his role in the case and is currently serving a 12-year prison term.

At sentencing, Judge Crabb noted Paquette's desire for easy money led him down a path that has not served him well in life.

Paquette is currently serving an eight-year prison term in North Dakota in an unrelated case as a result of a 2011 conviction for possessing marijuana with intent to distribute. Judge Crabb ordered Paquette's sentence in his federal case to run consecutively to his North Dakota sentence, and accordingly, Paquette will not be eligible for release until approximately 2022.

The charges against Paquette were the result of an investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Dane County Narcotics and Gang Task Force, and Madison Police Department. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul W. Connell.

Updated July 14, 2015