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2nd Ga. man jailed in cocaine conspiracy

MOBILE (AP) — A Georgia man has been sentenced to almost four years in federal prison for his role in a cocaine-smuggling scheme on the Alabama coast with his stepfather, who gained notoriety in a bur-ied-alive ransom case in 1969.

Chief U.S. District Judge Ginny Granade on Wednesday sentenced Henry Greeson, 49, of Auburn, Ga., for conspiracy to import the illegal drug. He pleaded guilty last May and his prison term will be reduced by the 11 months he spent in jail after his arrest.

Greeson's stepfather, Gary Stephen Krist, 61, also of Auburn, Ga., was sentenced last month to five years and five months in prison on similar charges. They were arrested after sailing Krist's 40-foot charter sailboat into Point Clear, near Mobile, in March 2006. U.S. Customs agents found more than 38 pounds of cocaine from Colombia on board in a cooler.

Krist was convicted in 1969 of kidnapping an Emory University student, Barbara Jane Mackle, for a $500,000 ransom and burying her alive in a ventilated box. Mackle, daughter of a wealthy Florida developer, survived the ordeal. Krist got a life sentence and was paroled in 1979.

Greeson's attorney, Brad Murray, said Greeson and Krist ran a construction and repair business that was having trouble. He said Greeson accepted his stepfather's cocaine proposal out of desperation.

"He just made a bad call," Murray told the Press-Register.


Information from: Press-Register,

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