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Benguche to serve 2 years, 6 months for marijuana sale
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Tyshawn Maurice Benguche

Monday, September 23, 2013

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

A Rocky Mount man will serve half of a five-year prison sentence for conspiring with his mother to sell pot.

Tyshawn Maurice Benguche, 21, pleaded guilty in July to one count of conspiracy to distribute marijuana.

Benguche had also been charged with distribution of marijuana and distribution of marijuana near a school. Those two charges were dismissed through a plea agreement.

Benguche was also sentenced to three years probation and ordered to be of good behavior for 10 years.

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Robert Deatherage said the drug transaction occurred on Dec.15, 2012, through a controlled buy arranged by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

Undercover investigators arranged for a phone call to be made to Benguche asking him to sell marijuana to the caller, Deatherage said. Benguche told the caller to go to his mother's residence to get an ounce of marijuana for $130.

Benguche was not at his mother's home when the drug transaction was made, Deatherage said, which is why the two other charges were dismissed.

Benguche has two prior felony convictions, Deatherage said. One was a conviction for rape in February 2011.

Benguche's mother, Denise Lasalle Benguche, 41, of Rocky Mount, was sentenced last month to three years, but the judge suspended the time with several conditions. She must use no illegal drugs; enter into a substance abuse program; pay $130 in restitution to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, the amount used to purchase the marijuana through a controlled buy; and forfeit her driver's license for six months.

Denise Benguche will also be on 12 months of intensive probation and 12 months of regular probation. She must also be of good behavior for five years.

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