A Pulaski man was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Nashville to nine years in prison and five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana.
James Thomas Coffey Jr., 37, was involved in a drug conspiracy with 19 other defendants. According to court documents, four others have been sentenced and the others are awaiting trial.
The conspiracy involved possession with intent to distribute about 500 grams of cocaine, about 280 grams of crack cocaine and more than 100 kilograms of marijuana in the Pulaski, Tenn. area. Coffey was involved with distribution in the conspiracy and was arrested in March 2011 in Pulaski.
“I admit that I do deserve to go to prison,” Coffey said in a statement to the court Friday. “My parents didn’t raise me like this … I sincerely hate that I keep letting them down.”
His defense attorney, Jodie Bell, told the court that she has been “really impressed at the turn around” of Coffey and that he has “gone through a transformation” and “genuinely changed” since his arrest.
He was sentenced below the minimum mandatory, and Judge Aleta A. Trauger recommended for him to receive substance abuse treatment and vocational training while incarcerated.
Amanda Gambill is with Seigenthaler News Service – MTSU. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.