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Sikeston man sentenced

Tuesday, November 20, 2001

BENTON - A Sikeston man has pled guilty and sentenced to serve 13 years in prison for selling "crack" cocaine twice at his home.

On Monday, 48-year-old George Williams Jr. pled guilty to two separate counts of selling a controlled substance, cocaine, in Sikeston. He was sentenced by Judge David Dolan to serve 13 years in prison on each offense.

According to the Scott County Prosecutor's Office, an undercover agent with the SEMO Drug Task Force made contact with Williams on Aug. 16, 2000, through a confidential informant. All three of these individuals met at Williams' home at 507 Kendall St. Arrangements were made with Williams for the purchase of approximately $100 worth of crack cocaine. The undercover agent gave him $100 and returned about 10 minutes later with the confidential informant and picked up the crack cocaine from Williams.

On Aug. 17, 2000, the same undercover SEMO Drug Task Force officer and same confidential agent again purchased crack cocaine from Williams on Kendall Street. This time the purchase was for approximately $200 worth of crack cocaine.

Williams also pleaded guilty to felony of driving while his operator's license was revoked and was sentenced to serve three years in prison on that charge. On July 6, 2001, officers with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety stopped the car that Williams was driving and it was discovered that his driver's license was revoked. Based on the fact that Williams has at least three prior convictions for driving while revoked, this charge was filed as a felony.

Judge Dolan revoked the felony probation Williams was placed on, on April 12, 2001, for again driving while his license was revoked and ordered that sentence executed.

Williams still has a pending felony probation violation charge in Mississippi County.

Rather than face these charges at trial, Williams chose to enter a plea of guilty to all his charges. As a result of negotiations with the Scott County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, all of Williams' sentences will be served at the same time for a total sentence length of 13 years.

"With this plea and sentence," a message has been sent that the people of Scott County are not going to tolerate convicted felons selling drugs in our communities," said Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Greg Spencer. "Once again, this conviction was made possible through hard work and cooperation of our local law enforcement agencies.