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Posted December 3, 2011 | comments 1 Comment

City man gets four years for crack distribution

By Sally Voth -- svoth@nvdaily.com

HARRISONBURG -- A Winchester man will serve four years in prison for dealing crack.

Alonza Wilds Sr., 56, was sentenced in U.S. District Court on Wednesday to four years in prison for conspiracy to distribute crack and distribution of crack, according to online court records. He is to serve three years of post-release supervision when he gets out of prison.

Wilds entered into a plea agreement in the summer. It called for two more distribution charges to be dropped. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

A sentencing memorandum filed by the prosecution says both the government and defense agreed that Wilds should be held responsible for distributing 22-28 grams of crack -- or more than 100 dosage units.

According to a sentencing memorandum from the defense, Wilds became homeless after he couldn't provide for his own living costs while making child support payments. It says Wilds always paid the support and always worked.

His criminal history includes bad checks, obtaining money under false pretenses and drug offenses, the memo says.

"Mr. Wilds did not spend money for it, but if he was around crack, and someone offered it to him, he would use it," it says.

Before his arrest, Wilds was living at the Salvation Army in Winchester and working at the Salvation Army's thrift store, the memo says.

"Alonza Wilds now has a place where he can return, he can work, and where he has people who care about his welfare," it says.

According to the memo, Wilds acted as a go-between for a supplier and customer to earn money for living expenses. It also says Wilds refused to implicate other defendants to drug investigators.

"Alonza Wilds has moved on from the drug related time in his life, and he wants to leave the past in the past and not cause harm for others for his own gain," the memo says. "Mr. Wilds' personal convictions are admirable considering the criminal justice system's inherent encouragement of defendants to lessen their own punishment by implicating others, resulting in a certain escaping of responsibility by cooperating defendants."

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