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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of Wisconsin

For Immediate Release

Thursday, October 23, 2014
John W. Vaudreuil
, United States Attorney
Contact: Rita Rumbelow

Beloit Heroin Dealer Sentenced to 42 Months in Federal Prison

MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Jylon Turner, 21, Beloit, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 42 months in federal prison, followed by a three-year term of supervised release, for delivering heroin on April 2, 2014. Turner pleaded guilty to this charge on August 6, 2014.

In April 2014, an informant reported to the Beloit Police Department that Turner was selling heroin. The informant agreed to work with the police and make a controlled purchase of heroin from Turner. The informant purchased .513 grams of heroin from Turner on April 2, 2014, and .769 grams of heroin on April 3, 2014. The charge for the April 3 delivery was dismissed pursuant to a plea agreement.

Turner’s advisory guideline range was 151–188 months because he is classified as a career offender under the federal sentencing guidelines. Turner earned this classification because he has a prior felony conviction for burglary and a prior felony conviction for possession of THC with intent to deliver. Turner was 16 years old when he obtained the THC conviction.

In choosing to vary from the advisory guideline range, Judge Conley focused on Turner’s age, the ages he was when he obtained his prior conviction, and his abysmal childhood.

Because Turner absconded from four state probation terms when he was selling heroin, Judge Conley ordered the 42-month federal sentence to be served consecutively to the sentence(s) he receives in Rock County for those four cases.

The charge against Turner was the result of an investigation conducted by GROC (pronounced gee-rock), a task force formed through the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Violent Crime Initiative, to address gang and drug-related violence in Rock County through the coordination of investigations among local and federal law enforcement agencies. Its members include the FBI; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Rock County Sheriff’s Department, and Beloit Police Department. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rita Rumbelow.

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