The last of five defendants in central Minnesota, including two from Brainerd, were sentenced last week in federal court in connection with the distribution of crack cocaine, the U.S. Justice Department said Monday in a news release.
The five defendants, including Larry Curtis Tate, 30, Brainerd, and Annette Louise Robinson, 43, Brainerd, were indicted on July 24. Tate was sentenced April 25 to 211 months or about 17 1/2 years prison and Robinson was sentenced Feb. 12 to 36 months or three years prison. Tate and Robinson also were each sentenced to five years of supervised release on one count of conspiracy, like all the defendants.
The other three defendants were Amy Garnett Brown, 23, Champlin, who was sentenced to 32 months on May 14; Richard Raymond Chauvin III, 28, St. Cloud, who was sentenced Feb. 12 to 180 months; and Marcus Jeffrey Washington, 36, Duluth, who was sentenced Feb. 14 to 120 months.
The U.S. attorney's office reported that the five defendants knowingly and intentionally conspired with each other to distribute at least 50 grams of a substance containing a cocaine base, commonly known as crack cocaine, and a substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine for an unknown time before May 15, 2007.
The case was the result of an investigation by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension; the Lakes Area Drug Investigative Division; the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department; and the Brainerd, Baxter and St. Cloud police departments.
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