Athens man gets 20 years for possession of cocaine

Monday, September 10, 2012 - 2:34pm

Casey Larmount Donnell, 39, of Athens, was sentenced to 20 years in prison by 173rd Judicial District Court Judge Dan Moore last Wednesday after pleading 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.” Stated Justin Weiner. “Our office ensured that every possible enhancement from prior convictions was applied the defendant’s charge.”

Donnell had been charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance Less than One Gram which was a State Jail Felony. That level of offense is only punishable by up to two years in state jail. However, because of Donnell’s prior convictions, the offense was statutorily enhanced up to a Second Degree Felony which carried a minimum of two years and a maximum of twenty years in prison. Donnell plead to the enhanced maximum of twenty years.

The drug charge stemmed from an August 24, 2011 traffic stop by Deputy Greg Hill, of the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office. Hill stopped Donnell on Jonathon Street in Athens. Hill observed Donnell’s vehicle while it was stopped in the middle of the street just after 11:00PM. Ultimately, Donnell dropped a baggie of cocaine while exiting the vehicle. Hill arrested Donnell on site.

After bonding out after the initial arrest, on April 20, 2012, Donnell was again arrested for possession of cocaine by Deputy Joseph Durr of the Henderson County Sheriff’s office. After a traffic stop, Donnell was removed from his vehicle. His nervousness and suspect movements led to a pat down of him for officer safety. Ultimately, Durr found him to be in possession of cocaine.

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