3rd Circuit OKs Erie crack dealer's life sentence
ERIE, Pa. - The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the life sentence for a man convicted of flooding Erie's streets with more than 450 pounds of crack cocaine in the mid-1990s.
Thirty-eight-year-old Carl Knight appealed his life sentence saying changes to federal sentencing guidelines warrant a lesser sentence.
But the appeals court agreed with a trial judge that Knight trafficked in so much crack cocaine that the changes to the guidelines don't affect his case. The U.S. Sentencing Commission in 2007 lowered sentences for some crack cocaine offenses involving fewer than 9.9 pounds of drugs.
Federal prosecutors allege Knight brought in 458 pounds of crack worth $20.8 million from January 1993 until he was busted in November 1997. He was convicted and sentenced in 1999.
The Associated Press