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Former Alto homeless man sentenced for his role in drug conspiracy case

U.S. Courthouse in downtown Lufkin. U.S. Courthouse in downtown Lufkin.
David W. Barlow, defense attorney for John Mitchell. David W. Barlow, defense attorney for John Mitchell.
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A homeless man--originally from Alto--has been sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for his part in a conspiracy case.

John Mitchell's sentencing hearing took place Tuesday morning in the U-S Courthouse in Lufkin. In 2013, Federal agents busted Mitchell and four other people in drug conspiracy case.

It involved five kilos or more of cocaine and 280 grams of crack cocaine, along with lots of guns.

David Barlow--Mitchell's attorney--said an acquaintance roped him into delivering the drugs, because Mitchell was homeless and hungry and looking for quick money.

"He is very happy. Under the statute, he could have gotten 10 years, as a minimum," explained Barlow. "The judge sentenced him to 3 years and 10 months, based on his very, very minimum role in the offense."

During the hearing, federal judge Michael Schneider reviewed Mitchell's prior record and said his "limited criminal history and his role in the conspiracy was not great" as for some reasons to hand down a lighter sentence.

The only other time his client had any legal trouble was for a misdemeanor back in 1990. Mitchell received three years probation.

The other defendants in the drug conspiracy case were Shanara Greer, Malcolm Kareem Bennett, Caniesha Henderson and Romair Bosquez.

All have been sentenced.

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