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Howerton to serve 25 years on drug charges
SoVaNow.com / August 26, 2013Carmichael Jermond Howerton, formerly of 1106 Birch Elmo Road, South Boston, pleaded guilty Thursday to eight counts of distribution of cocaine, one count of possession of a firearm by a non-violent felon within ten years of the conviction, and one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
He received a sentence of 85 years, with 60 years suspended for an active term of 25 years.
His conviction was announced by Halifax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Freshour following the trial.
Since the active term of incarceration consists of minimum, mandatory sentences, Howerton will be required to serve the entire 25 year active term of incarceration without any chance of early release.
Originally charged with eight counts of third or subsequent offense distribution of cocaine, Howerton agreed to the 25 year sentence in exchange for the Commonwealth amending five of the distribution charges to first offenses and one to a second offense.
Additionally, the Commonwealth agreed to drop a charge of possession of a firearm while possessing a Schedule I/II drug with intent to distribute.
The Halifax/South Boston Regional Narcotics and Gang Task Force, comprised of members of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Department, South Boston Police Department and Virginia State Police, initiated an investigation of Howerton in the spring of 2012, making six purchases of cocaine from him between May 31, 2012 and Jan. 15.
On Jan. 22, the task force and members of the South Boston Police Department executed a search warrant on a South Boston home where Howerton and another individual were arrested. Additional drugs, a weapon, and a large quantity of cash were also seized.
Additionally, the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office has begun forfeiture proceedings against the suspected drug money seized at Howerton’s arrest.
Pursuant to Virginia code, any money or property proven to have been derived from the distribution of illegal drugs will be forfeit to the Commonwealth and returned to local law enforcement agencies.
The case was prosecuted by Regional Drug Prosecutor Matt Freedman.
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