A man, formerly of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, was tried on drug charges and sentenced to 10 years in prison with an additional five years extended supervision. In May 2013, he pleaded guilty to manufacturing and delivering cocaine with one count of manufacturing and delivering heroin. Two of the man's associates testified for the prosecution. One of them identified the accused as being known as 'Neno' on the street. That associate bought drugs from the drug dealer to support his own drug habit, selling the remainder to other addicts. Another associate said he bought drugs from the man on trial sometimes every day.
The major defense for the drug dealer came from his attorney who argued that the prosecution's assertion that the man traveled to Chicago many times to buy drugs was impossible. The defense attorney said that it would have been too difficult for the accused to travel to Chicago since the Wisconsin Department of Corrections was monitoring him using an ankle bracelet.
The state asked for the maximum sentence for the man, saying that the accused profited from the misery of others. The defense attorney asked for the minimum sentence because the government used unfair prejudice in characterizing the actions of the accused. The judge in the case sentenced the defendant on his guilty pleas to 10 years in prison and five more years under supervision. The defendant was given 164 days of pre-sentence credit. The judge also made him eligible for substance abuse assessment.
When the police charge a person with a drug crime, it is essential that they retain the best counsel they can find. A vigorous defense is necessary not only to fight the charges but also to influence the court to give the least possible sentence if the defendant is found guilty.
Source: Watertown Daily Times, "Man gets 10 years on drug charges", Jake Meister, July 26, 2013