Two Kentucky Residents Sentenced on Multiple Federal Drug Charges
-Stone sentenced to 17 1/2 years for being an armed career criminal and offender
DEC 17 - PADUCAH, KY - On December 15, 2009, U.S. District Chief Judge Thomas B. Russell sentenced Wanda Murphy Godby, age 44, and Lorandus Stone, Jr., age 46, both of Earlington, Kentucky, on multiple drug conspiracy charges. The Court sentenced Stone to 17 years and 6 months imprisonment to be followed by 8 years of supervised release for one count of conspiracy to possess crack cocaine with intent to distribute, two counts of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin, and possession of two firearms while being a convicted felon. In addition, the Court found that Stone was an armed career criminal subject to a 15-year mandatory minimum because he had at least three prior violent felonies or serious drug offenses.
Godby, was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment, followed by 4 years supervised release on the charges of conspiracy to possess crack cocaine with intent to distribute, and possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute. There is no parole in the federal system.
Stone pleaded guilty to all seven counts in the indictment issued on May 13, 2008, which included four drug trafficking charges involving cocaine, crack cocaine, and heroin. Specifically, Stone admitted that on March 13, 2008, Special Agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office purchased of 23.3 grams of crack cocaine from him and Godby. On March 27, 2008, DEA Special Agents executed a search warrant at the residence of Godby, in which Stone admitted he resided. The search yielded 76 grams of powder cocaine, 6.4 grams of heroin, 3 grams of crack, and 2 grams of marijuana.
Stone admitted in his plea agreement that during the search of the home, DEA agents found his wallet, two handguns and digital scales with drug residue in a purse on the floor in the same room Stone was sleeping. Lab results showed Stone’s finger prints on digital scales in the same purse as the guns. Stone admitted that he possessed the two handguns and that he was a convicted felon.
In addition to Stone’s plea of guilty, Godby also admitted in an open plea to conspiracy to possess crack cocaine with intent to distribute, and possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute on March 13, 2008.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Michele Thielhorn and Joshua Judd, and it was investigated by the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office and the United States DEA.