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The United States Attorney’s Office announced that four Jefferson County men have been sentenced to prison terms on firearms, drug trafficking, and attempted witness tampering charges.

Sentenced were:

James Leach, 32, Arnold, sentenced to 204 months in prison on one felony count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of methamphetamine trafficking;

Randy Honeycutt, 39, Pevely, was sentenced to 60 months in prison on one felony count of conspiracy to tamper with a witness by intimidation; and

John Koenig, 19, Fenton, was sentenced to 37 months in prison on one felony count of attempted witness tampering by intimidation.

Charles Branson, 24, Fenton, was also sentenced to 30 months in prison May 21st on one felony count of attempted witness tampering by intimidation.

According to court documents, in June 2009, James Leach possessed methamphetamine for distribution and possessed firearms in furtherance of the drug activity. Between June and August, Honeycutt, Branson and Koenig attempted to threaten a witness to influence testimony about Leach’s crimes.

All defendants appeared before United States District Judge Rodney W. Sippel.

This was investigated by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives. Assistant United States Attorney John Sauer handled the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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