LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – A Richmond man is the last of an eight-person fentanyl trafficking conspiracy to be sentenced.

Bud Hembree, 49, was sentenced to 230 months in prison on Tuesday for his role in the conspiracy to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl.

According to Hembree’s plea agreement, law enforcement arrested him on Dec. 14, 2020, and found around 17 grams of fentanyl in his possession. Law enforcement monitored his jail calls while he was detained and found he instructed his co-conspirators to distribute fentanyl while he was incarcerated.

Hembree pleaded guilty in May. His co-conspirators were previously sentenced for their roles and received the following sentences:

  • Leon H. Benson, 37, of Berea, received 105 months in prison, followed by six years of supervised release.
  • Shanquenta V. Bulley, 27, from Berea, received 36 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release.
  • Claudia D. Gibson, 39, from Richmond, received 37 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.
  • Justin M. Howell, 38, from Richmond, received 255 months in prison, followed by eight years of supervised release.
  • Tiffany A. McCormick, 42, from Richmond, received 87 months in prison, followed by six years of supervised release.
  • Joseph W. McElroy, 42, from Richmond, received 240 months in prison, followed by six years of supervised release.
  • Misty D. Riddell, 30, from Berea, received 120 months in prison, followed by eight years of supervised release.  

Hembree must serve 85% of his sentence under federal law.

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