Friday, August 15, 2014
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
A Rocky Mount man will serve 26 years of a 32-year prison sentence for selling cocaine.
Brandon Jermaine Wright, 27, was found guilty by a jury in May of two counts of cocaine distribution after having been convicted twice before of the same offense.
The jury of eight women and four men recommended that Wright receive a 12-year prison sentence on each of the two charges.
During a hearing this week, Judge W.N. Alexander II sentenced Wright to 10 years on each of the two new charges and suspended three years on each count.
Then the judge added another 12 years to the active sentence because Wright violated probation from his prior drug distribution convictions in 2004 and 2007, according to prosecutor Robert Deatherage.
The most recent charges stem from controlled purchases of cocaine, arranged by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, on Dec. 20, 2012, and Dec. 27, 2012. The buys were made in the parking lot of Windy Lane Apartments and inside a residence on Jenny Lynn Lane, Deatherage said.