By Joe Beck
The last two of six defendants in a major crack cocaine ring in Winchester were sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg to lengthy prison sentences.
Judge Michael F. Urbanski sentenced David "D" Alan Dock, 38, to 15 years in prison and Jason Matthew Whiting to 12 years. Both were also sentenced to 10 years probation upon their release from prison.
Online court records identify Dock as the principal supplier of crack cocaine sold by the ring in Winchester and other areas from November 2009 through mid-January 2012.
Dock shuttled between Winchester and his sources for the drug in Washington, D.C., and Maryland, according to court documents. He gave the drug to co-defendants Samuel "Fat Sam" Lee Fields, Wayne "Worm" Brown, Crystal Dawn Smith and Jamol Alon Darling for further sale and distribution.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Grayson Hoffman called for an unspecified prison term of less than the 30 years to life imprisonment set forth in federal sentencing guidelines. Hoffman cited "substantial" assistance Dock gave to law enforcement officials as the reason why the defendant deserved a lighter sentence than the guidelines.
A sentencing memorandum filed by defense attorney R. Darren Bostic of Harrisonburg stated that Fields and Darling had delivered several "very subtle threats" to Dock for the extensive cooperation he gave prosecutors in building a case against them.
"Darling mentioned to Mr. Dock that Dock would want to make sure he did not end up in the same prison as Darling," Bostic wrote.
Bostic added, "Mr. Dock has advised me that, when he is released, he will be moving to a different area of the country due to his cooperation being well known in the areas he has lived."
Bostic estimated that a total of eight to 10 defendants in criminal cases stretching from West Virginia to Maryland to Winchester pleaded guilty as a result of Dock's cooperation with law enforcement, which Bostic described as "unparalleled in my experience."
Bostic also cited his client's role in helping convict several defendants accused of operating a crack cocaine ring out of Martinsburg, W.Va.
"In total, Mr. Dock performed approximately seven to nine different proffers with law enforcement concerning different parts of the instant investigation, the West Virginia investigation, as well as providing valuable information concerning a murder investigation in Hagerstown, Md.," Bostic said. "In that particular case, he was able to identify the person that had committed the murder."
Bostic said an assistant U.S. attorney told him that Dock's appearance and willingness to testify at a drug trial that had already begun in Martinsburg led the defendants to give up and enter guilty pleas "soon thereafter."
The sentencing memorandum describes Dock's upbringing as a wretched experience.
Bostic wrote that Dock's father died as a result of a robbery when his son was 8 months old.
"He was a drug dealer and was killed during the robbery, presumably a drug connected robbery," Bostic wrote of Dock's father. His mother was a drug addict from the time he can remember her. In speaking to him about his aunts and uncles, he describes (them) all (as) crack addicts, heroin addicts, most were both."
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