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CASE NAME:United States v. Ronald Robert Evans Sr
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Ronald Robert Evans Sr., Ronald Robert Evans, Jr., Jequita Dumbar Evans, Emma Mae Johnson, Nathaniel Davenport, Ronald Robert Evans, Jr., Eddie Lee Williams
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DOCKET NUMBER:05-CR-159
SOURCE:DOJ/US Attorney Website or Press Release, Lexis Search
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Jury
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Timothy J Corrigan
YEAR OF ARREST:2005
YEAR OF VERDICT:2007
TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:Florida
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Middle District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:2 +
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Male
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:United States
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WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:No
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):7
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Labor
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Agricultural Industry
FIRST CHARGE:Continuing Criminal Enterprise/Distribution of Crack Cocaine
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:21 U.S.C § 848; 21 U.S.C. § 841; 18 U.S.C. § 2
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
FIRST CHARGE SENTENCE:360 months
SECOND CHARGE:Trafficking in Contraband Cigarettes
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 2342; 18 U.S.C. § 2344; 18 U.S.C. § 2
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
SECOND CHARGE SENTENCE:60 months
THIRD CHARGE:Discharging Pollutants
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:33 U.S.C. § 1311; 33 U.S.C. § 1319
THIRD CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
THIRD CHARGE SENTENCE:36 months
FOURTH CHARGE:Unlawful Procurement of Transportation of Farm Laborers
FOURTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:29 U.S.C. § 1811; 29 USC 1812; 29 U.S.C. § 1841; 29 U.S.C. § 1851
FOURTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
FOURTH CHARGE SENTENCE:12 months
FIFTH CHARGE:Structuring Currency Transactions to Evade Reporting Requirements
FIFTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:31 U.S.C. § 5324
FIFTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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CORE TERMS:Witness Tampering, 18 U.S.C. § 1512; 21 U.S.C § 848; 21 U.S.C. § 841; 18 U.S.C. § 2; 18 U.S.C. § 2342; 18 U.S.C. § 2344; 33 U.S.C. § 1311; 33 U.S.C. § 1319; 9 U.S.C. § 1811; 29 USC 1812; 29 U.S.C. § 1841; 29 U.S.C. § 1851; 31 U.S.C. § 5324
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:293
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FINE IMPOSED:$5,450
FORFEITURE IMPOSED:$1,137,605.84
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APPEAL:
EXPLANATION OF APPEAL:Appealed Sentence
APPELLATE OPINION CITATION:276 Fed. Appx. 926, 395 Fed. Appx. 617
HOLDING OF APPEALS COURT:Vacated and Remanded
APPEAL STILL PENDING?:
SUMMARY:Defendants Robert and Jequita Dumbar Evans recruited men from homeless shelters across the Southeast to work at migrant farm labor camps operated by defendants in Florida and North Carolina. Defendants usually agreed to pay the workers minimum wage, although they deducted $50 for room and board from the workers’ weekly pay. At the conclusion of each weekday, the workers could purchase, on credit, beer, cigarettes, and crack cocaine at a company store operated by the defendants. As a result of this practice, many workers became permanently indebted to the defendants. Because the purchases from the company store were deducted directly from the workers' paychecks, prosecutors argued that the defendants paid the workers, on average, 30 cents for every dollar earned. A federal jury convicted Robert Evans, Sr. on multiple charges, including the distribution of crack cocaine and the unlawful transportation of farm laborers. He was originally sentenced to 360 months in prison, but on appeal the term was reduced to 293 months. His spouse Jequita Dumbar Evans was convicted at trial of drug-related charges. Emma Mae Johnson, Nathaniel Davenport, Ronald Robert Evans, Jr., and Eddie Lee Williams pleaded guilty to drug-related charges. Gilbert Labeaud pleaded guilty to trafficking in untaxed contraband cigarettes.
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