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Saturday, December 03, 2005

Man who used home to store crack argued he's too overweight for jail

Roger Koecke, KOEL in Oelwein

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa Federal officials say a Waterloo man who allowed his home to be used to store crack cocaine has been sentenced to 14 years in prison.
32-year-old Michael Washington pleaded guilty last January to making his home available for the storage of crack cocaine.

That's according to a news release from the U.S. attorney's office in Cedar Rapids.

Washington, who weighs 574 pounds, argued during his sentencing this week that he was too obese and in too poor of health to be adequately cared for by the Bureau of Prisons. He requested home confinment.

However, the court said the agency was capable of addressing his medical needs.

Washington also was ordered to serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.

The U.S. attorney's office says that during the sentencing, Washington admitted that he had been involved in the sale of crack cocaine since 1996.


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