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Madison Man Sentenced for Possessing Heroin for Distribution

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

MADISON, WIS. - Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that James Britton, 30, Madison, Wisconsin, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson to 37 months in federal prison for possessing heroin with intent to distribute.

This is Britton’s second sentence in federal court.  At the time of this offense, he was serving a term of federal supervision as a result of his 2015 conviction for distributing heroin. Judge Peterson revoked the defendant’s supervision and imposed an additional term of imprisonment of one year and one day, to be served consecutively to the 37-month term.

The total amount of heroin attributable to Britton was approximately 37.51 grams. Three additional counts of distribution of heroin were dismissed pursuant to the defendant’s plea.

In sentencing the defendant, Judge Peterson noted that Britton was “damaging the community” by selling heroin and that his conduct took advantage of others’ addictions. Judge Peterson explained that the sentence was meant to provide incremental punishment based on the defendant’s prior conviction and subsequent failure on supervision. 

The charge against Britton was the result of an investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Taylor L. Kraus handled the prosecution.

Updated May 27, 2020