Meth ring leader and former Deputy Sheriff sentenced - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/26/10

Meth ring leader and former Hockley County Deputy Sheriff sentenced

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A former Hockley County Deputy Sheriff and a meth ring leader involved in a Levelland methamphetamine drug bust in July have been sentenced.

Former Hockley County Deputy Sheriff Jesse Quintanilla will now serve three years behind bars after pleading guilty to misprision of a felony in July. Or in other words, he knew what was going on but looked the other way.

Besides a one hundred dollar fine, Quintanilla will have one year of supervised release and will have to attend drug and alcohol classes. He has requested to serve his time in Big Spring to be closer to family, and will begin his sentence on April 2nd.

Meth ring leader, Bobby Duwayne Froman, is already behind bars. He is sentenced to spend the next twenty years in prison, with another five years of supervised release. Froman will be required to attend drug and alcohol rehabilitation. He has requested to serve his time in Fort Worth to be near family.

The judge said he would recommend both Froman and Quintanilla's requests.

Overall, there are twenty-eight defendants in this case. All have pleaded guilty to involvement in the drug ring. A judge sentenced three of those defendants in February.

David Lee Russell, 51, of California must serve 121 months in federal prison. Dennis Carl Hedgewood, 54, received a sentence of 108 months in federal prison, with an additional three years of supervised release. And Clifford Leroy Clark, 49, of Levelland will serve 140 months in federal prison with five years of supervised release. All three men pleaded guilty in November to possession and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Charity Barron Bell must serve 21 months in prison and Steven Allen Savell must serve 33 months in prison.

Stephanie Renee McKee must serve 57 months, nearly five years in federal prison. Marvin Lee Whittington must serve three years and one month in prison.

Another former Hockley County deputy, Gordon Bohannon, pleaded guilty December 21st, 2009 in Federal Court to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. The maximum sentence for the charge he pleaded guilty to is life in prison and a four million dollar fine. However, under the terms of the plea agreement, Bohannon will get ten years and no fine. He must serve at least eight and a half years of that sentence, before he is eligible for parole. Sentencing should be sometime in March, which is when a judge will decided whether or not to accept the plea agreement.

Former Hockley County Sheriff, David Kinney, will go to court March 22nd to fight to be reinstated as Sheriff. Kinney was suspended due to Quintanilla and Bohannon's involvement in the meth ring.

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