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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Middle District of Florida

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Maria Chapa Lopez
, United States Attorney
Contact: William Daniels

Jacksonville Repeat Offender Sentenced to More Than Seven Years in Federal Prison for Selling Crack Cocaine

Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard has sentenced James Bernard Kennedy (46, Jacksonville) to seven years and four months in federal prison for distributing cocaine base (also known as crack cocaine).

Kennedy had pleaded guilty on June 26, 2019.

According to court documents, Kennedy sold crack cocaine to a confidential informant on one occasion and to an undercover federal agent an additional four times.

In 2013, Kennedy was prosecuted and convicted by the State of Florida for conspiracy to traffic cocaine.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael J. Coolican.

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