DJ's drug sentence overturned

New sentence could be much longer than original

June 29, 2010|By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun

A former Baltimore disc jockey who was sentenced to 11 years in prison for drug-related charges could now be resentenced for twice as long, per a decision handed down Monday by a federal appeals court.

Darnell Anthony Young, also known as "DJ Nelly Nell," was convicted of distribution in 2007 after a jury found that he conspired to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine, but less than 5 kilograms, giving him a potential sentencing range of between 10 and 12 years.

But prosecutors said Young dealt with far larger quantities — 90 to 100 kilograms — that required a prison term of between 19 and 24 years. U.S. District Court Judge William D. Quarles said he was bound by the jury's finding, however, and sentenced Young to 136 months.

Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit found that Quarles erred in limiting himself and sent the case back for resentencing.

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