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

Friday, September 26, 2014

Violent Heroin Dealer Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison

MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Orlando Larry, 44, Madison, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb to 20 years in federal prison, without parole.  On June 10, 2014, following a two-day jury trial, Larry was found guilty on nine separate charges of distributing heroin and crack cocaine.    

Larry is a violent career offender who has served numerous prison terms without effect.  In March 2012, Larry was selected to be part of the Focused Deterrence Program run by the Madison Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit.  He was selected for this program based entirely on his violent criminal history. 

At a public Notification on March 20, 2012, he was given two messages.  First, representatives from numerous community groups (“Community Against Violence”) told Larry of the availability of resources for education, mental health services, job training, and substance abuse counseling.  Second, Larry was told he would be under a bright law enforcement spotlight, and the severe penalties he would face for any drug dealing or violent crimes were clearly laid out for him.  Despite being given the resources for change, and despite being warned of the consequences of returning to a life of crime, Larry chose to return to drug dealing. 

In sentencing Larry, Judge Crabb stated, “Your long history of violent behavior towards women is shocking and inexcusable.  You have no sense of responsibility for your actions, and there are consequences for not taking responsibility.  It is very unfortunate that you did not take advantage of all the help offered to you by the Special Investigations Unit.”

United States Attorney Vaudreuil stated, “In returning to crime, this defendant rejected assistance to live a crime-free and productive life, and he ignored clear warnings from law enforcement.  He was told he would face severe punishment if he chose to reoffend, and today’s sentence makes good on that promise.” 

Today’s sentencing is the result of an investigation conducted by the Madison Police Department, Special Investigations Unit; Dane County Narcotics Task Force; and Drug Enforcement Administration.  The prosecution of this case has been handled by United States Attorney Vaudreuil and Assistant United States Attorney Barbara Oswald.

Updated July 14, 2015