Life Sentence for Man Convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine
(Alexandria, VA) - George Cornelius Day, age 32, formerly of Brandywine, Maryland, was sentenced yesterday by United States District Judge Walter D. Kelly, Jr. to a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole for conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of crack cocaine and 5 kilograms or more of cocaine. In addition, Day was sentenced to serve concurrent sentences of twenty years for conspiracy to launder money and ten years for each of seven counts of unlawfully engaging in monetary transactions. Day was also ordered to forfeit $1,000,000 in drug proceeds or substitute assets, including a house and two luxury vehicles. Chuck Rosenberg, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement.
In June, Day was convicted by a jury in Alexandria, Virginia, after being presented with evidence that Day was engaged in distributing cocaine and crack cocaine for profit. The trial evidence established that Day was the leader of a group of conspirators who obtained multiple kilograms of cocaine from sources in the United States and abroad and distributed it between November 1997 and September 2005, in the Eastern District of Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. The jury also heard evidence that Day earned a minimum of $1,000,000 in drug proceeds during the conspiracy. Further, the evidence showed that Day established a real estate business, Day Family Investments, LLC, and a bank account in the same name so that he could conceal the proceeds derived from his drug trafficking activities.
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Internal Revenue Service. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney LeDora Knight and Special Assistant United States Attorney Jessica Lombardo-Wszalek.