CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A federal judge sentenced an Ohio man to 10 years and 10 months in prison on Wednesday for his role in a conspiracy to distribute crack.
U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston handed down the sentence after Renardo Darnell Owens, 38, of Akron, Ohio, admitted to selling crack to a police informant for $140 Feb. 11, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin's office.
Owens sold another $300 worth of crack to the informant the following day and gave the informant $500 in crack to sell on his behalf, according to the release.
Owens pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine.
Owens' brother, Retsyn Deshawn Owens, 42, also of Akron, Ohio, had arranged to meet the informant Feb. 13 in Charleston, according to the release. Retsyn Owens accepted $500 from the informant as payment for his brother's earlier crack deal, according to the release. He later allegedly gave the informant approximately $1,000 worth of crack to sell.
Retsyn Owens pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 13.
Both brothers were arrested after federal authorities served a search warrant at Retsyn Owens' home Feb. 15. Renardo Owens was previously convicted in October 1999 of possession of cocaine and trafficking cocaine in Ohio.