Monday, January 09, 2006

Supreme Court rejects appeal of ex-deputy in Alabama drug case

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Monday refused to consider the appeal of a former deputy sheriff in Alabama who was sentenced to life in prison on his conviction in a federal drug conspiracy case.

The court issued no comment in rejecting the plea of former Marengo County Deputy Wilmer "Sonny" Breckenridge, who was given a sentence of life in prison without parole in 1997 by U.S. District Judge Charles R. Butler of Mobile.

Breckenridge, who was 27 when sentenced to spend the rest of his life behind bars, was accused of taking drugs from evidence envelopes, selling drugs and protection to street dealers, and planting drugs at suspects' homes.

In a cleanup of Uniontown in neighboring Perry County, federal agents raided Breckenridge's Demopolis duplex. According to testimony, agents found drugs in his squad car and pickup. He was also accused of trying to grow marijuana.


Breckenridge testified that he was innocent. But he was convicted along with Uniontown drug kingpin Gerald "Tommy" Jones and three others on charges including conspiracy to sell drugs.

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