News Release
May 21, 2008

Drug Gang Leader Pleads Guilty To Distributing Cocaine
- Resulted in the death of another person
- Other 12 defendants received a total of 936 years in prison

MAY 21 -- (Louisville, KY) - George Dale Wilson, III, age 39, of 1456 St. James Court, Louisville, Kentucky, pled guilty on May 16, 2008, to distributing cocaine which resulted in the death of another person, U.S. Attorney David L. Huber of the Western District of Kentucky announced today. Under federal sentencing guidelines, Wilson could receive from 20 years to life in federal prison.

Wilson admitted that on March 17, 2002, he knowingly and intentionally distributed cocaine to Renee Clark, age 27, of Louisville, Kentucky, and that the use of the cocaine resulted in her death. The death occurred in Springfield, Kentucky, at the home of David Montgomery, who also was prosecuted in Federal Court for conspiracy to distribute cocaine, receiving a sentence of over 9 years imprisonment. Wilson is the last person to be prosecuted from the cocaine distribution organization headed by Montgomery. Others include Charles Randall Alvey (5 years), William Brent Decker (5 years, 10 months), James Clint Hutchins (5 years, 10 months), William Montgomery (2 years, 5 months), Jason Mattingly (5 years), Bobby Newcomb (4 years, 9 months), Stevette Hutchins (6 years, 5 months), David Shane Hutchins (5 years, 10 months), Lawrence David Mudd (10 years, 1 month), Mariano Martinez (10 years, 1 month), and Joseph Clark (7 years).

The indictment against Wilson did not charge any specific quantity of cocaine, which can be lethal in any amount. Cocaine has a street value of approximately $100 per gram.

The maximum potential penalties are life imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, and supervised release for a period of at least three years; and the minimum potential penalties are twenty years imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, and supervised release for a period of at least three years. There is no parole in the federal system.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Larry Fentress, and it was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Kentucky State Police.

The plea was entered before the Honorable Jennifer B. Coffman, Judge, United States District Court, Louisville, Kentucky.

Judge Coffman has ordered a presentence investigation. Sentencing should be scheduled in approximately eight to ten weeks.