Opp drug offenders receive 35 years apiece

OPP, AL - Two Opp drug offenders convicted after a two day trial last September were each sentenced to 35 years in prison by Circuit Judge Ashley McKathan.

Opp residents Kelvis Coleman, 31, who was found guilty of Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance, and Willie George English, 32, who was found guilty of one count of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance and one count of Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, were both habitual felons at the time of their crimes.

"Each of these defendants has five prior felony convictions and pages worth of Opp municipal court misdemeanor convictions between them," District Attorney Greg Gambril, the prosecutor of the case, said.  "Both had only been out of prison on parole for a short time before re-offending."

Gambril said that, despite the significant sentences, it was likely that both offenders would be considered for parole within a few years. "Even though each of these defendants has a criminal history replete with violent crimes, the parole board will classify each of these men as non-violent offenders. Fortunately, Judge McKathan did the community a great service by recognizing the severity of their conduct in light of their extensive criminal histories and sentenced them accordingly."