Houston County Man Sentenced for Drug Trafficking
Marcus Anderson was sentenced by superior court Judge Katherine Lumsden to forty years and was ordered to serve twenty years behind bars in Georgia State’s prison system without the possibility of parole. This comes after his latest conviction of trafficking cocaine in excess of 200 grams.
"I think the Judge took all the factors into consideration even his life after this event happened and I think the decision was fair and just,” said Daryl Manns one of the drug prosecutors for the Houston County District Attorney’s office. They were pulled over by the police for a tint and tag violation, which lead to an intense search of the vehicle, which lead to them finding drugs in the car."
Manns believes that his three prior convictions of drug trafficking was enough for Anderson to serve life in prison. He explains,"Mr. Anderson is a career criminal. He has three prior cocaine convictions, including one in which could receive life."
Anderson’s defense council says that this punishment is too severe. "It's a shame that his opportunity to rehabilitate himself is going to have to wait another 20 years," said James Rockefeller, Anderson's defense attorney.
The sentence shocked Anderson’s loved ones. His mother, Ellenor Anderson, and wife, Kenyata Anderson, were present with emotional witness testimony, asking for mercy and a lighter sentencing.
"Devastated. There is no other way to describe it other than devastated,” said Rockefeller. “They know him to have changed his life, to have changed his ways, and to become a good family man, god fearing man."
After his release from prison, Anderson will be on probation for twenty years. He will be subject to intensive probation conditions, warrantless searches, and random drug testing.
Anderson was also ordered to pay a three hundred thousand dollar fine along with a number of statutory fees and add-ons.
The total of all fines & fees will be approximately $500,000.00.