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

Friday, May 9, 2014

Madison Man Sentenced To Six Years For Distributing Crack Cocaine

MADISON, WIS. -- - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Ronald Rice, 29, Madison, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb to six years in federal prison for distributing over 76 grams of crack cocaine.  Rice pleaded guilty to this charge on February 18, 2014.

Rice admitted that he made four sales of crack cocaine to a police informant during the time frame of October 30 to December 11, 2012.  Two of the sales took place at Rice's apartment complex on Muir Field Road in Madison.  Another sale took place at the parking lot of the Woodman’s grocery store on Gammon Road in Madison.  The final sale took place in a parking lot on Jacobs Way in Madison.  The cocaine purchased from Rice tested positive for cocaine base and totaled 76.877 grams. 

Rice has a 2013 felony conviction in Dane County Circuit Court for possession with intent to distribute cocaine.  In his sentencing memorandum to the Court, Rice requested the lowest possible prison sentence, arguing that he was not a big-time drug dealer, and was only selling crack cocaine to support his children.  Judge Crabb rejected Rice's request.  The judge told Rice that hopefully he will learn during his time in prison he needs to become a better role model for his children.

The charges against Rice were the result of an investigation conducted by the Dane County Narcotics Task Force, the Madison Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.  The prosecution of this case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel J. Graber.

Updated July 14, 2015