Hartford Man Sentenced to 27 Months for Distributing Cocaine and Marijuana on Supervised Release

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Crack cocaine. Stock Photo by DEA.

Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that MICHAEL LEDBETTER, 30, of Hartford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 27 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing cocaine and marijuana while on federal supervised release.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on November 17, 2017, Judge Underhill sentenced Ledbetter to 15 months of imprisonment and three years of supervised release for possession of ammunition by a felon.  In April 2014, Ledbetter had been convicted in state court of six counts of accessory to first degree assault.

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Ledbetter was released from federal prison in April 2018.  While on federal supervised release, Ledbetter was arrested on state domestic violence charges and he failed multiple drug tests.  On October 30, 2019, Ledbetter cut off his GPS monitoring device and failed to respond to messages from the U.S. Probation Office.  On November 20, 2019, the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Ledbetter in a motel room in Hartford with approximately 11 pounds of marijuana, 119 grams of cocaine and $4,750 in cash.

Ledbetter has been detained since his arrest.  On November 9, 2020, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana.

This investigation was conducted by the FBI’s Connecticut Violent Crime Task Force and the U.S. Marshals Service.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian P. Leaming.

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