The Herald Bulletin

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March 12, 2014

Man found guilty on drug charges, not guilty on handgun felony

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A witness told police three other men had come to the home, but said he didn't know why. Detectives tracked down the three men — Keslie Smith, Johnny McIntush and Deandre Turner.

Smith told police he had visited Kemp's house to buy marijuana and admitted he had planned on selling it. He pleaded guilty to dealing marijuana in May and was sentenced to 36 months. Turner and McIntosh pleaded guilty to possession and dealing marijuana, respectively, and each received two-year sentences. Hinson also pleaded guilty to maintaining a common nuisance in June and received a three-year sentence.

Maynard said he believes the jury acquitted on the gun charge because of lack of evidence that Kemp possessed the gun. A witness testimony during the trial indicated the gun belonged to a family member who lived at the home. Kopp said fingerprints or DNA evidence on the gun would've helped the case, but none were found.

"I'm pleased to get the convictions on the drug charges, and I respect the jury's verdict. We're disappointed they acquitted on the firearm charge," Kopp said. "It was a tough case with regard to that. It wasn't a slam dunk, and there was no specific evidence that made or broke the case."

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Kenneth Kemp, 33, Anderson Convicted: Dealing marijuana, two counts Maintaining a common nuisance Possession of marijuana Habitual substance offender Acquitted: Unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon What's next? Sentencing: April 7 Madison Circuit Court 6

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