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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

May 26, 2010

A. Brian Albritton, United States Attorney

Contact: Steve Cole

(813) 274-6136

(813) 274-6300 (fax)

Jacksonville Couple Sentenced to Federal Prison for Conspiracy to Distribute Crack Cocaine

Jacksonville, Florida — U.S. Attorney A. Brian Albritton announces that U.S. District Judge Henry Lee Adams, Jr. yesterday sentenced Larry Malevece McCrimager (age 25) and Shonta Nicole Kagler (age 25), both of Jacksonville, to federal prison for a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine. McCrimager was designated a Career Offender for prior felony convictions and sentenced to fifteen years for his role in the conspiracy and for possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. Kagler was sentenced to five years for the conspiracy. McCrimager and Kagler both had pleaded guilty on October 2, 2009.

According to court documents, in April 2009, McCrimager and Kagler conspired to distribute crack cocaine and sold crack on at least four occasions to an undercover informant. During one of the deals, McCrimager displayed a Mac-11 pistol. A video played by the prosecution during sentencing showed McCrimager and Kagler, who was pregnant at the time with McCrimager's child, in the kitchen of a Westside residence measuring and cooking powder cocaine into crack.

The case was investigated by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Jacksonville Division. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dineen A. Baker.

This is another case prosecuted as a part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” program – a nationwide, gun-violence reduction strategy led by ATF. United States Attorney A. Brian Albritton, along with Virginia O’Brien, Special Agent in Charge, ATF Tampa Field Division, is coordinating the Project Safe Neighborhoods effort here in the Middle District of Florida in cooperation with federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.