2 "Worst Of The Worst" Get Federal Sentences

Monday, April 28, 2014 - by Hollie Webb

Rodney Harris, a 22-year-old man arrested during the crackdown on the 32 so-called "worst of the worst," was sentenced to a year in prison on Monday. His defense attorney said, "He was a very minor player...He was not one of the major drug dealers in this conspiracy."

His attorney, Steven Moore, continued, "His role was more of riding around with Mr. Johnson and doing some of his errand work." Jumoke Johnson, 20, was also arrested as one of the 32 men.

Federal prosecutor Chris Poole said the government had been lenient in the charge, saying, "We have allowed him to plead guilty to just the amount of crack he had on him.

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Harris' attorney said he had been in school in West Tennessee at the time of the charge, for which he was quickly kicked out.

He said, "I think he's ready to get back in school."

 Judge Sandy Mattice pointed out that might not be easy, but said, "I hope you can."

 Harris said, "I apologize to the court and to my family for the embarrassment I've caused."

 He said after he gets out of prison, he plans to study engineering.

 Another one of the "worst of the worst," 38-year-old Torrey Gilmore, was also sentenced Tuesday morning.

Defense attorney Rich Heinsman requested he receive a sentence at the bottom of the sentencing guidelines because of his health and substance abuse problems. Attorney Heinsman also pointed out Gilmore's father had died when he was young.

 When asked if he had anything to tell the court, Gilmore said, "I just want to apologize to the court and to my kids...I hope you don't see me again."

Gilmore was sentenced to five years with 500 hours of substance abuse treatment.


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