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No prison time for man convicted of selling crack cocaine to residents at VA Medical Center

The Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, Ma.

VA

By MICHAEL BONNER | masslive.com | Published: October 19, 2019

BEDFORD, Mass. (Tribune News Service) — A Bedford man will not serve any additional prison time after he pleaded guilty to distributing crack cocaine on the campus of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Bedford.

Michael Sexton will serve two years of supervised release after a U.S. District Court judge sentenced the 59-year-old to time served, approximately two months.

In January 2017, a cooperating witness reported to law enforcement that Sexton was selling crack cocaine to residents of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Bedford. Law enforcement conducted controlled purchases of crack cocaine between Sexton and the cooperating witness on June 29, Aug. 10, Sept. 5 and Sep. 27, 2017.

In October 2018, Sexton pleaded guilty to distributing crack cocaine and was subsequently accepted into the Massachusetts District Court sponsored RISE (Repair, Invest, Succeed, Emerge) Program.

The program is designed for individuals who plead guilty and are under pretrial.

The goals of the program include promoting rehabilitation, promoting productive behavior, participants accepting responsibility of the offense of conviction and their consequences, reducing recidivism and managing taxpayer funds.

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