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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Middle District of Florida

For Immediate Release

September 12, 2011

Robert E. O'Neill, United States Attorney

Contact: William Daniels, Office of Public Affairs
(813) 274-6388

Convicted Felon is Sentenced to Life for Role in Drug Conspiracy

Tampa, FL — U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore today sentenced Kenneth Lamar Madden (54, Tampa) to life in federal prison followed by a consecutive 5 years in federal prison for conspiring to possess 5 kilograms or more of cocaine with the intent to distribute and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.

A federal jury found Kenneth Lamar Madden guilty on June 8, 2011. According to evidence presented at trial, the defendant and his co–conspirator, Dennis Johnson, agreed to commit a robbery of cocaine. The defendants were arrested prior to committing the robbery and were in possession of a loaded Smith and Wesson firearm and crack cocaine. Madden was previously convicted and serving probation on state drug trafficking charges at the time of the offense.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Stacie B. Harris and Lisset G. Hanewicz.