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Repeat felon gets prison on gun charge

Nov. 29, 2012 @ 11:05 PM

HUNTINGTON -- A convicted felon from Detroit will spend additional time in prison for a federal gun violation.

Alvin Leon Willis received a 4-year, 9-month prison sentence. He had pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The 30-year-old had signed an agreement with prosecutors stating he illegally possessed a loaded, .32 caliber revolver June 11 near a restaurant at 14th Street West and Washington Avenue. A patrolman, upon spotting Willis in the area, attempted to speak with the suspect. That's when Willis ran and dropped the weapon to the ground.

Willis had been prohibited from possessing any firearm due to a Sept. 30, 2002, felony drug conviction in Detroit.

The agreement further states Willis possessed 4.4 grams of heroin and $491 cash at the time of his arrest. However, prosecutors dismissed the heroin charge in return for his guilty plea.

The punishment was ordered by U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers. It was one of several recent pleas and sentencings in his court. Others are mentioned below.

Man admits to drug charge

Justin Michael Elliott pleaded guilty to possessing crack cocaine with intent to distribute. Sentencing is set for Feb. 25, 2013.

Elliott of Chesapeake, Ohio entered the plea without benefit of an agreement with prosecutors.

The indictment, filed in September, charged Elliott with possessing crack cocaine during a Nov. 29, 2010, incident in the Huntington area.

Elliott was released on bond.

Man admits to crack charge

Shawn Delane Harris, 44, pleaded guilty to possessing crack cocaine with an intent to distribute. Sentencing is set for Feb. 25, 2013.

Harris signed an agreement with prosecutors stating he possessed 9.42 grams of crack cocaine. The drugs were found during a March 18, 2010, traffic stop in the 100 block of Virginia Avenue.

Harris' sentence could be based upon 1.34 kilograms of crack cocaine based upon drug weights provided by Harris during his confession, according to the plea agreement.

Man pleads guilty to pill conspiracy

Jesse Lee Leffingwell pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone. Sentencing is set for Feb. 25, 2013.

Leffingwell of Barboursville signed an agreement with prosecutors stating he conspired with others to distribute the pain pills from February 2009 to September 15, 2009.

Leffingwell would distribute the pills from his residence in the 600 block of 6th Street. Authorities executed a search warrant at the house in September 2009 and seized 22 oxycodone pills.

Prosecutors agreed to dismiss a count of possession with intent to deliver in exchange for Leffingwell's guilty plea.

Leffingwell was released on bond.

Sentence delayed in drug case

A sentencing hearing started, but was postponed until Dec. 10 in the drug case of Rafael Cee-Erwin Solomon.

The Detroit man's attorney wants a sentence of no more than 5 years in prison, but other calculations could tally a sentence of 15 years or more, according to a sentencing memorandum filed by the defense.

Solomon, 31, had pleaded guilty to distributing at least 28 grams of crack cocaine, along with other amounts of cocaine, oxycodone and oxymorphone.

Solomon, also known as "J" and "Rip," signed an agreement with prosecutors that outlined his participating in a drug business. That included him providing drugs to numerous street-level dealers and making trips to Detroit.

The sentencing memorandum contends Solomon was a minor participant playing the role of a "glorified driver" in the drug conspiracy. It mentions Solomon's lack of a male role model attributed to him finding companionship in the group.

In exchange for Solomon's plea, prosecutors agreed to dismiss two additional drug counts.

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