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Case Number: 5:21-cr-00046-DCR-MAS
Judge: Danny C. Reeves
Court: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas (Urban County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office
Description: Lexington, Kentucky criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with distribution of marijuana and money laundering.
Demetrius Burt Catching, age 32, admitted to distributing marijuana in the Lexington area, and then taking the proceeds from the marijuana sales and placing large sports bets and wagers at various Indiana casinos. According to the plea, Catching was banned from one of the casinos, on January 9, 2021, so he recruited others to go in his place to make his wagers and bets. Cash from the wagers was deposited in bank accounts in Catching’s name. Catching was also ordered to forfeit approximately $215,000 in proceeds from his drug trafficking and money laundering offenses, and ordered to serve an additional, consecutive term of 55 months, for supervised release violations on previous convictions.
Under federal law, Catching must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence. Upon his release from prison, he will be under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for five years.
Carlton S. Shier, IV, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Bryant Jackson, Special Agent in Charge, IRS – Criminal Investigations; J. Todd Scott, Special Agent in Charge, DEA, Louisville Field Division; and Chief Todd Justice, Nicholasville Police Department, jointly announced the sentence.
The investigation was conducted by the IRS – Criminal Investigations, DEA, U.S. Probation Office, the Indiana Gaming Commission, and the Nicholasville Police Department. The United States was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Roger West and Andrea Mattingly Williams.
21:841(a)(1) - DISTRIBUTION OF MARIJUANA
21:841(a)(1) DISTRIBUTION OF 50 KILOGRAMS OF MORE OF A MIXTURE OR SUBSTANCE CONTAINING MARIJUANA
21:841(a)(1) PWID 50 KG OR MORE MARIJUANA
21:841(a)(1) - DISTRIBUTION OF 50 KG OR MORE OF MARIJUANA
18:1956(h) CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT MONEY LAUNDERING OFFENSES
21:841(a)(1) PWID 50KG OR MORE MARIJUANA
18:1956(h) MONEY LAUNDERING - INTERSTATE COMMERCE
Outcome: 07/25/2022 98 MINUTE ENTRY for SENTENCING as to Demetrius Burt Catching held on 07/25/2022 before Judge Danny C. Reeves:Scott Cox appeared as RETAINED counsel of record. PSR shall be filed under seal. Dft.'s objections to paragraphs 31 & 33 of PSR are SUSTAINED for reasons explained during hearing. Court adopts findings in PSR as well as guidelines modified based upon Court's ruling re objections. Govt.'s oral motion for a third-level reduction for acceptance credit is SUSTAINED. Govt's oral motion to dismiss ct. 2 of 3rd Superseding Indictment and the underlying Indictments as to this dft. is SUSTAINED upon entry of the judgment. After 14 day period has passed for filing appeal, counsel for dft. is directed to file a notice with the Court confirming that he has conferred w/ dft. re appellate rights, and if the dft. chooses not to appeal indicating such in the notice. If notice of appeal is filed, counsel need not file this information. Court's Advice of Right to Appeal provided to dft. Transcript shall be deemed as written findings of Court. Judgment to be entered. Dft. remanded to custody USMS. (Court Reporter Elaine Haberer.) (JER)cc: COR,USM,USP (Entered: 07/25/2022)
07/25/2022 99 Court Advice Re: Appeal by Demetrius Burt Catching (JER) (Entered: 07/25/2022)