Just one of the eight defendants remains in the 2016 federal case involving the burglaries of numerous pharmacies throughout the southeast after sentences were recently handed down to two more.
Kenneth Britton, 40, of Whitwell, Tennessee, and Christopher Land, 57, of Monteagle, Tennessee, were sentenced to eight and fifteen years, respectively.
Britton had pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone.
According to the plea agreement, Britton participated in multiple burglaries and then worked with other defendants to sell the pills that contained controlled substances, including Oxycodone, that were obtained in the burglaries.
Britton faced up to 20 years in prison.
Land had pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone, and two counts of burglary of a pharmacy.
According to the plea agreement, Land, worked with co-defendants Robert Nunley, Jamie Sweeton, Randy Stiefel, Kenneth Britton, Anthony Bosio, James Ronald Jones and Tony Britton to obtain and sell the pills containing controlled substances, including Oxycodone, by burglarizing multiple pharmacies.
Among those burglaries were the break-ins at Sav-Rite Pharmacy in Corbin, Kentucky, on March 15, 2015 and Stephanie’s Down Home Pharmacy in Corbin, on January 26, 2014.
Both burglaries were captured on video surveillance.
The burglars were seen forcing open the front doors of the pharmacies. Once inside, they would sweep the shelves of prescription drugs, collecting them into large plastic storage tubs.
The investigation into the local burglaries had gone cold until mid-2016, when U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officials contacted Corbin Police after developing a case connecting Nunley to the Corbin burglaries.
Pill bottles taken during the burglary at Stephanie’s had been found at Nunley’s home in Tennessee.
Further investigation found that nearly 70 pharmacies across 11 states were targeted over a five-year period between 2010 and 2015.
Sweeton was sentenced nine years
Nunley was sentenced to seven years.
Tony Britton was sentenced to six years
Bosio and Stiefel were each sentenced to five years.
James Ronald Jones is scheduled to return to U.S. District Court in London, Kentucky, on May 15, for formal sentencing.
Information for this article provided by Dean Manning, Corbin News Journal.