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Saturday, October 07, 2017 1:00 am

Felon gets 26 years in 2nd sentencing

JIM CHAPMAN | The Journal Gazette

A Fort Wayne man was sentenced again this week for being a felon in possession of a gun and maintaining a drug-involved operation.

This time, U.S. District Court Judge Theresa Springmann sentenced Booker T. Sewell to 26 years in prison, virtually the same sentence he received in February 2014.

Sewell was sentenced then to 30 years for the same crimes. But the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals threw out the sentence because of a Supreme Court decision and sent the case back to Springmann for resentencing.

Sewell and his attorney argued that under the Supreme Court's decision, Sewell did not qualify as an armed career criminal, which was a factor in his first sentencing.

Sewell was convicted by a jury and was one of the arrests from 40 indictments that outlined three distinct drug trafficking conspiracies.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Sewell distributed multiple kilograms of cocaine and pounds of marijuana from a Fort Wayne home. He also was found in possession of a gun in April 2011 at his home on Sawmill Woods Court, near St. Joe Center and St. Joe roads on Fort Wayne's north side.

By that time, he had accumulated five felony convictions, including dealing cocaine, resisting law enforcement and pointing a firearm.

The case against Sewell was investigated by the FBI's Safe Streets Task Force, which includes officers from the FBI, Indiana State Police, Allen County Sheriff's Department and Fort Wayne Police Department.

Sewell will also serve two years of supervised release and was ordered to forfeit $21,917.