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Ex-fugitive gets life sentence

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By Jenny Hartley

A Lancaster County man was sentenced in federal court Friday after being a fugitive for more than three years, U.S. Attorney Reggie Lloyd said. 

James Blackmon, 38, was sentenced to life in prison by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Matthew J. Perry Jr.

In December 2002, the Lancaster County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force received a tip that Blackmon had large amounts of drugs in his house

on Clinton Avenue. Agents found more than 100 grams of crack cocaine, 200 grams of cocaine, a pound of marijuana, electronic scales, a loaded .45-caliber pistol and more than $3,500 in drug money.

Blackmon pleaded guilty to federal drug charges in 2004

and was released on bond while awaiting sentencing. He failed to appear for court in October 2004, and remained a fugitive until he was arrested

earlier this month during a traffic stop in Rock Hill.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office  investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney William K. Witherspoon said Blackmon had a prior record of drug arrests before the 2002 case.

Authorities believe Blackmon was living in the Pineville, Rock Hill or Lancaster areas while he was a fugitive.

“We were fortunate enough to get him at the traffic stop,” Witherspoon said. “There was nothing left to do but sentence him so we took care of that real

quick.”

 

Contact Jenny Hartley at 283-1151 or jhartley@thelancasternews.com