Updated: July 15, 2021 05:55 PM
Created: July 15, 2021 05:32 PM
(ABC 6 News) - A Rochester woman has been sentenced to 7 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
According to court documents, over the summer of 2019, Deja Lee Benton, 27, was part of a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. As part of her role in the conspiracy, Benton served as a sub-distributor of methamphetamine that was supplied to her by co-conspirator John Willis Netherton. Benton also helped Netherton collect debts, and by locating, luring, and facilitating the assault of another co-conspirator regarding an unpaid drug debt owed to Netherton.
Benton pleaded guilty on September 1, 2020, to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Several co-conspirators have previously been sentenced for their roles in the conspiracy including: John Willis Netherton, who was sentenced to 260 months imprisonment followed by eight years of supervised release; Jacob Paul Williams was sentenced to 180 months imprisonment and five years of supervised release; Andrew Robert Berndt was sentenced to 102 months imprisonment and five years of supervised release; Miguel Angel Cuevas Zamora who was sentenced to 120 months imprisonment and two years of supervised release; and Jason Edward Hoffman who was sentenced to 132 months imprisonment and five years of supervised release.
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Co-conspirators Joshua Alexander Sazo, Nicholas John Hanson, and Kayleigh Rea Todd have all pleaded guilty and are pending sentencing.
Acting U.S. Attorney W. Anders Folk for the District of Minnesota made the announcement after U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson sentenced the defendant.
This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Rochester Police Department, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Southeast Minnesota Violent Crimes Enforcement Team, the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office, the South Central Drug Investigation Unit, and the Minnesota State Patrol.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Allen A. Slaughter, Jr. prosecuted the case.
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