Kilgore man sentenced to 10 years for distributing meth in Gregg County

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 11:05am

A Kilgore man will spend the next 10 years behind bars after a federal judge sentenced him Thursday morning.

Brett Bates, 49, of Kilgore, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine back on March 14, 2012, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis sentenced him to 10 years in prison.

According to court information, up until May 27, 2011, Bates worked with others to acquire and distribute meth in the Gregg County area. Bates admitted to the distribution of more than 150 grams of methamphetamine during this time. Bates was named in a federal indictment returned by a grand jury on November 2, 2011.

Five of Bates’ co-defendants have also been sentenced to prison. Terri Rhea Young received a sentence of 24 months in federal prison, David Christopher Wheeler and Raelene Dawn Ferguson were each sentenced to 46 months in federal prison, Matthew Dean Willis was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison and Harold Burgess Dickens received a 210 month sentence.

This case was investigated by the DEA, Rusk County Sheriff’s Office and Kilgore Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Baldwin.


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