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Court of Appeals affirms convictions, life sentence, and $1million forfeiture judgement in 2009 case

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A decision was made on Friday regarding two men involved in a 2009 case of drug trafficking in Rochester.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has affirmed the convictions and sentences of Kevin Lamont Anderson and Willie Grimes. 

A federal jury convicted Anderson in October of 2009 of conspiracy to distribute, and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, maintaining a drug involved premises, and money laundering conspiracy. The conviction was made following a six-week trial after Anderson was found to have led a conspiracy to distribute drugs from 1990 to December 2005. 

As part of sentencing proceedings, the Government proved that Anderson was responsible for the double homicide in May 2002 of Clifford Robinson and Allen Tyrone Smith in Rochester. 

Anderson was sentenced to life in prison.

Grimes was convicted of possession with intent to distribute, and conspiracy to distribute, crack cocaine and cocaine and sentenced to 135 months in prison. 

On appeal, defendants argued that their convictions should be reversed based upon juror misconduct, insufficient evidence, and false testimony. They further argued that their sentences should be vacated as unreasonable.

In rejecting each of defendants’ claims, the Judges of the Second Circuit concluded:

“We have considered all of the defendants’ arguments on this appeal and find in them no basis for reversal. Accordingly, we AFFIRM the judgments of the district court.”

A special jury verdict, determining that Anderson’s assets were subject to forfeiture in the amount of $1,000,000, was also affirmed.  

Seven other defendants were also convicted in this case.
 

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