Nos. 96-1445, 96-1550 and 96-1892.

115 F.3d 422 (1997)

UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Damon PIPPEN, Kenya Lark, and Thomas Jones, Defendants-Appellants.

United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit.

Decided May 20, 1997.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Andrew B. Baker, Jr. (argued in Nos. 96-1445, 96-1550 and submitted in No. 96-1892), Office of United States Attorney, Dyer, IN, for Plaintiff-Appellee.

Fred R. Hains (argued), Rochelle S. Meyers, South Bend, IN, for Defendant-Appellant in No. 96-1445.

Daniel L. Toomey (argued), Merrillville, IN, for Defendant-Appellant in No. 96-1550.

William S. Kaminski, Newby, Lewis, Kaminski & Jones, LaPorte, IN, Thomas Jones, Chicago, IL, pro se, for Defendant-Appellant in No. 96-1892.

Before CUMMINGS, RIPPLE, and DIANE P. WOOD, Circuit Judges.

DIANE P. WOOD, Circuit Judge.

The defendants in this case were all participants in a crack cocaine distribution ring that operated in Benton Harbor, Michigan, Pontiac, Michigan, and Elkhart, Indiana. Just prior to the scheduled jury trial, defendant Damon Pippen pleaded guilty to Count 1 of the superseding indictment, which charged him with conspiracy to distribute in excess of 50 grams of crack cocaine. Defendant Kenya Lark went to trial, and the jury found him guilty...


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