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Two More Defendants Sentenced in St. Croix Tribal Drug Investigation

U.S. Attorney’s Office July 12, 2010
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin (414) 297-1700

MADISON, WI—Stephen P. Sinnott, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Louis Belisle, 27, and his brother Brandon Belisle, 29, both residents of Webster, Wis., were sentenced today each to 21 months, without parole, by visiting U.S. District Judge Lynn S. Adelman. Louis and Brandon Belisle previously pleaded guilty to distributing crack cocaine on St. Croix tribal lands.

With today’s sentencings, 24 defendants have now been sentenced as a result of this investigation into drug dealing on St. Croix tribal lands. The previous defendants sentenced are set forth below:

Name Crime of Conviction Sentence Imposed
Joseph Merrill Distribution of Crack Cocaine 4 years
Manley L. Williams Distribution of Crack Cocaine 8 years, 4 months
Christifer Sonnenberg Distribution of Crack Cocaine 5 years, 6 months
Jean Sonnenberg Conspiracy to Distribute Crack Cocaine 19 years, 7 months
Bruce Sonnenberg Conspiracy to Distribute Crack Cocaine 24 years, 4 months
Amanda Sonnenberg Distribution of Crack Cocaine 3 years, 10 months
George Rainey Distribution of Crack Cocaine 14 years
Bruce Rainey Distribution of Crack Cocaine 17 years, 6 months
Diana Martin Conspiracy to Distribute Crack Cocaine 9 years
Margrette Cobb Conspiracy to Distribute Crack Cocaine 13 years, 4 months
Andrew Sonnenberg Distribution of Crack Cocaine 17 years, 6 months
Ericka J. Reynolds Conspiracy to Distribute Crack Cocaine 1 year, 6 months
Shaleah Reynolds Distribution of Crack Cocaine 2 years
Michael D. Hammond Distribution of Crack Cocaine 12 years, 7 months
Steven R. Lang Distribution of Methamphetamine 4 years
Shana Corbine Distribution of Crack Cocaine 4 years, 3 months
Linda Lightfeather Operating a Crack House 5 months
Buck Zehner Operating a Crack House 8 months
Janeen Mosay Operating a Crack House 6 months
Frankie Bildeau Distribution of Crack Cocaine 12 months, 1 day
Broderick Swain Conspiracy to Distribute Crack Cocaine 54 months
Derrick Rapley Conspiracy to Distribute Crack Cocaine 13 years

United States Attorney Sinnott stated that today’s sentencings were the result of a long-term investigation being conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation; Federal Bureau of Investigation; St. Croix Tribal Police Department; Rice Lake Police Department; Barron County Sheriff's Department; Burnett County Sheriff's Department; Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department; Polk County Sheriff's Department; the Native American Drug & Gang Initiative; and Wisconsin State Patrol.

As set out above, 24 defendants have now been convicted of federal drug offenses as a result of this investigation. John Carr was charged in an indictment returned by the grand jury on December 2, 2009, and is scheduled for sentencing before Judge Barbara B. Crabb on August 11, 2010.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John W. Vaudreuil is handling the prosecution of these cases.

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