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In federal court

Tuesday, May 15, 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 Catherine D. Perry:Pleaded Guilty

Name: Jeff R. Taylor

Age: 33

Residence: Kennett, Mo.

Charge: Three counts of distribution of five grams or more of cocaine base.

Summary: On Aug. 21, Aug 23 and Sept. 13, an informant cooperating with federal, state and local law enforcement purchased crack cocaine from Taylor in Kennett. He now faces a maximum punishment of life in prison and a $4 million fine.

Name: George W. Dawson

Age: 52

Residence: New Madrid, Mo.

Charge: Unlawful possession of a firearm.

Summary: On Nov. 19, New Madrid police officers responded to a complaint about a suspect with a gun near the M&H Package Store on Russell Street. Officers found Dawson sitting on a bench holding a .223 caliber rifle on his lap. Due to his previous felony convictions, Dawson is barred from possessing firearms and now faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

SENTENCEd

Name: Leonard J. Weaver

Age: 26

Residence: Poplar Bluff, Mo.

Charge: Possession of cocaine base with intent to distribute

Sentence: 60 months' imprisonment

Summary: On Oct. 9, Poplar Bluff police executed a search warrant at Weaver's residence on Apple Street, where they found nine individually packaged rocks of crack cocaine on a hallway floor, other rocks of crack cocaine on the floor in other rooms, and a plastic bag in the bathroom commode holding several more individually wrapped crack rocks and 17 plastic bags of powdered cocaine. Weaver admitted to possessing the drugs.

Name: Ronnie D. Taylor

Age: 29

Residence: Kennett, Mo.

Charge: Three counts distributing cocaine base

Sentence: 10 years' imprisonment

Summary: An informant purchased crack cocaine from Taylor on three occasions in 2005.

Name: Simon J. Clark

Age: 30

Residence: Kennett, Mo.

Charge: Three counts distributing cocaine base

Sentence: 84 months' imprisonment

Summary: An informant purchased crack cocaine from Clark on Oct. 28, 2005, Jan. 12, 2006 and April 7, 2006.


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