COVINGTON, Tenn – On May 19, 2017, Tipton County Circuit Court Judge Weber McCraw sentenced forty-four year old Keith Lamont Brown, AKA “Kee Kee”, of Covington, to a sentence of 25 years at 45% in prison for the Class B Felony offense of Delivery of a Schedule II Controlled Substance (Cocaine) more than .5 grams, occurring on February 25, 2016, in Covington.
The charges against Brown in this case resulted from an undercover investigation conducted by the 25th Judicial District Drug Task Force (DTF) using a confidential informant, in which Keith Brown was the target of the operation. DTF Agent Randall Robbins of the Atoka Police Department was the lead investigator, and was assisted by DTF Agent Tony Doss of the Covington Police Department. The operation also resulted in the arrest and conviction of two co-defendants who actually delivered the cocaine on behalf of Keith Brown, both of whom pled guilty as charged to Delivery of Schedule II Controlled Substance (Cocaine) more than .5 grams, and testified against Brown at trial regarding his leadership in the drug trafficking offense.
In November 2016, a Tipton County Grand Jury returned an indictment against Brown for the Class B Felony offense of Delivery of a Schedule II Controlled Substance (Cocaine) more than .5 grams. On April 13, 2017, a Tipton County jury found Brown guilty as charged after a trial. On May 19, 2017, Circuit Judge Weber McCraw presided over the sentencing hearing at which the State gave notice of its intent to seek enhanced punishment against Brown as a Habitual Drug Offender, based upon his numerous prior felony convictions for drug and other offenses, which includes three (3) prior convictions for Delivery of or Possession with intent to deliver Cocaine; and other convictions for Robbery, Felony Evading Arrest, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, and Felony Failure to Appear.
At the conclusion of the sentencing hearing, Judge McCraw ruled and found that Brown had a previous history of criminal convictions and behavior in addition to those necessary to establish the appropriate range, and that Brown had a history of unwillingness to comply with the conditions of a sentence involving release in the community. Brown was on supervised state probation on February 25, 2016, when he committed the new drug offense. As a result, the Court enhanced Brown’s sentence to 25 years at 45%, as a Persistent, Range III Habitual Drug Offender.
The District Attorney’s Office would like to thank DTF Agents assigned from the Atoka and Covington Police Departments for their excellent police work in investigating and arresting the Defendants in this case, and would further like to recognize Assistant District Attorneys General Walt Freeland and Jason Poyner, who did an outstanding job in preparing and presenting this important case to the jury and the Court. “This case demonstrates the continuing commitment of the District Attorney’s Office in aggressively prosecuting and holding accountable any person who engages in repeated drug offenses in the 25th Judicial District, and I am glad that we were able to hold a habitual drug offender accountable and achieve justice for the Tipton County community in this case”, said District Attorney General Mike Dunavant.
Copies of the indictment and judgment of conviction may be obtained from the Tipton County Circuit Court Clerk’s office. A copy of the booking photo of the defendant may be obtained from the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office.
This article originally appeared as a press release from D. MICHAEL DUNAVANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY GENERAL