CAPE GIRARDEAU - A Charleston man was sentenced on charges of distribution cocaine base.
Keith J. Browning, 40, was sentenced to 188 months on two felony counts of distribution of five grams or more of cocaine base. He appeared on Friday before United States District Judge E. Richard Webber in U.S. Eastern District Federal Court.
Browning was found guilty of selling more than five grams of "crack" cocaine to an undercover officer for the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Charleston on July 1, 2002, and on July 11, 2002.
He was sentenced as a "career criminal" under U.S. Sentencing Guidelines having previously been convicted of three felony offenses of distribution of a controlled substance in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Ill., on June 7, 1991.
Also on Friday, Brian Davidson, 26, of Steele entered a guilty plea to one felony count of distribution of methamphetamine. He now faces a maximum of 40 years imprisonment, a $2,000,000 fine and a term of supervised release of at least four years. Sentencing is set for April 25 in Cape Girardeau.
With his plea, Davidson admitted that on July 23, 2004, he distributed two plastic bags containing a total of 51.2 grams of methamphetamine to a confidential informant. During the transaction in a motel in Steele, Davidson stated he had just finished manufacturing the methamphetamine through a process he described as "trial and error."