In federal court

Sunday, January 14, 2007

The following information was released by the office of federal prosecutor Catherine Hanaway for defendants appearing in federal court before U.S. District Judge Henry A. Autrey.


Name: Richard Rowe

Age: 34

Residence: Portageville, Mo.

Charge: Previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

Sentence: 90 months in prison.

Summary: Rowe admitted Aug. 6, 2004, to purchasing a Llama .45-caliber pistol which had previously been stolen June 20, 2004, from another Portageville resident. Due to Rowe's previous felony convictions, he is prohibited by law from possessing firearms.

Name: Dion M. Coates

Residence: Cape Girardeau

Charge: Two counts of distribution of 5 grams or more of cocaine base.

Sentence: 80 months in prison followed by a four-year supervised release.

Summary: In his guilty plea, Coates admitted that on or about March 12 and 14, 2005, he distributed crack cocaine to a confidential informant.

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