Drug dealer gets 20 years

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 15, 2012

Casey Larmount Donnell

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Casey Larmount Donnell, 39, of Athens, pleads guilty to possession of cocaine and receives 20 years in prison.

Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–173rd Judicial District Court Judge Dan Moore sentenced Casey Larmount Donnell, 39, of Athens, to 20 years in prison, last Wednesday after Donnell pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine.
Assistant district attorney Justin Weiner prosecuted the case on behalf of Scott McKee’s District Attorney Office.
“This defendant is off the streets because of a lot of hard work and dedication by our law enforcement community and our office,” Weiner said.
“Our office ensured that every possible enhancement from prior convictions was applied to the defendant’s charge,” he added.
Donnell had been charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, a State Jail Felony, punishable by up to two years in jail.
However, because of Donnell’s prior convictions, the offense was statutorily enhanced to a Second Degree Felony, which carried a minimum of two years and a maximum of 20 years in prison. Donnell pleaded to the enhanced maximum of 20 years.
The drug charge stemmed from an Aug. 24, 2011, traffic stop by Henderson County Sheriff’s deputy Greg Hill.
Hill stopped Donnell on Jonathon Street in Athens and observed Donnell dropping a baggie of cocaine while exiting the vehicle. Hill arrested Donnell on site.
After bonding out on April 20, Donnell was again arrested for possession of cocaine by Henderson County Sheriff’s deputy Joseph Durr.
After a traffic stop, Donnell was removed from his vehicle. His nervousness and suspect movements led to a pat down by the officer, during which Donnell was found to be in possession of cocaine.