Second Man Sentenced in Charlottesville Drug Ring

By: Sarah Batista
By: Sarah Batista

July 20, 2006

One of four men charged in a violent Charlottesville drug ring is now behind bars. A federal judge handed down the sentence for John Bryant.

Bryant was in tears as he left the courtroom in handcuffs. The judge sentenced him to 43 months in prison with two years supervised probation. He must also pay a $7,500 fine.

Of the four men charged in this drug conspiracy case, three pleaded guilty including John Bryant. He is the uncle of Louis Antonio Bryant, who investigators say was the ring leader. The case spans over 10 years and involved a shooting and two murders. All of John Bryant's siblings were in court Thursday. His cousin said the sentence is what he expected.

"It could've been worse [based on] the way the system is made up, but it is what it is, so I'm just glad he only got three years," said Melvin Grady, Bryant's cousin.

Of the other three men involved in the case, Clay Maupin has already been sentenced to 20 years in prison. Louis Antonio Bryant and Terry Suggs have not been sentenced yet.

One Federal prosecutor in this case said he thought the sentence for John Bryant was fair considering the evidence showed that John Bryant had the least involvement in this case. Bryant will be sentenced on August 18.

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