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Man gets life for drug charge

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Friday, September 08, 2017 08:10 am

A Fort Wayne man was sentenced to life in federal prison after he was found guilty by a jury in May for dealing drugs.

Larry Norton, 66, received the life sentence Thursday in U.S. District Court for conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and 1 kilogram or more of heroin between October 2014 and January 2015, according to court documents.

He was found guilty after a six-day jury trial in May.

Allan L. Bates of Fort Wayne, James W. Lepper of Butler, Eric D. White of Fort Wayne and Ryan Bowman of Payne, Ohio, previously had pleaded guilty, and await sentencing.

At the time of their indictment in early 2015, more than 100 kilograms of cocaine, more than $5.9 million in cash and numerous firearms and vehicles were seized, according to court documents.

Norton faced the statutory mandatory minimum sentence of life imprisonment without release because he has two prior final felony drug convictions. Norton's criminal history actually consisted of three felony drug convictions — two convictions for dealing and distributing cocaine (one federal and one state) and another conviction for possessing cocaine.

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