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The Pulaski man will be sentenced in October for his third conviction of selling cocaine.
Elliott Thomas Webb
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
A Pulaski County jury has recommended a 30-year prison sentence for a man who was convicted Monday of distributing cocaine.
Elliott Thomas Webb, 51, of Pulaski, will be formally sentenced in October, according to Radford Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Rehak, who was appointed special prosecutor in the case.
Rehak said that on Oct. 25, 2010, a confidential informant working with the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force purchased less than a gram of cocaine from Webb for $100. Webb, who has two previous convictions for selling cocaine, was indicted Feb. 22, 2011, for distribution of cocaine as a third offense, which carries a sentence of five years to life in prison.
While out on bond and awaiting trial, Webb was caught selling cocaine in Pulaski County and was indicted July 9, 2012, on another distribution of cocaine as a third offense charge, Rehak said.
Webb was then held without bond at the New River Valley Regional Jail.
Rehak said he was appointed special prosecutor because Pulaski County Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Fleenor represented Webb on different charges several years ago when Fleenor was a defense lawyer.
Monday’s jury trial dealt only with the Oct. 25, 2010, charge, Rehak said. The prosecution presented five witnesses, including the confidential informant. Webb’s two previous convictions for distributing cocaine – which occurred in Roanoke Circuit Court in 1987 and in Pulaski County Circuit Court in 1993 – were introduced to the jury.
Webb’s lawyer, Ryan Hamrick, called Webb to the stand, and Webb denied selling cocaine to the informant, Rehak said.
After the jury found Webb guilty, it learned of Webb’s other criminal convictions, which include Roanoke robberies from 1984, Rehak said. The jury recommended the 30-year sentence and a $500,000 fine.
Webb’s other distribution of cocaine charge is still pending. A trial date is not listed in online records.
“This unusually large sentence reflects the community’s attitude about repeat drug dealers and the inherent power behind our bifurcated trial system,” Rehak wrote in a statement.
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