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Guilty pleas wrap Lee County federal drug ring case

Staff report • Jan 29, 2018 at 6:00 PM

ABINGDON — Six Lee County residents and one Church Hill man have pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Abingdon to drug and firearm charges.

Jeremy Rick Sturgill, 41, of Jonesville, pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine, maintaining a place for the purpose of manufacturing, distributing and using meth, and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense.

Tony Lynn Ketron, 27, of Church Hill pleaded guilty the same day to the same charges as Sturgill as well as possessing a firearm while legally prohibited.

A number of co-conspirators have previously pleaded guilty as part of the case. They include Todd Houston Conyer, 29, of Pennington Gap, pleading guilty to conspiring to distribute more than 5 grams of meth, a charge that also provided guilty pleas by Leslie Ann Clasby, 42, of Jonesville; Jason Dale Moore, 36, of Jonesville; William Benjamin Brewer, 36, of Jonesville; and Kristina Karen Burton, 44, of Jonesville.

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