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Federal grand jury indicts two Monroe County men

6:35 PM, Dec 8, 2012   |    comments
  • Wallace Martin "Boonie" Stokes, 39, Sweetwater. Photo courtesy of J. Miles Cary, Knoxville News Sentinel
  • Brandon Lynn Steele, 32, Sweetwater. Photo courtesy of J. Miles Cary, Knoxville News Sentinel
    
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Two Monroe County men could face up to 30 years in prison after a federal grand jury indicted them on drug and weapon charges.

Wallace Martin "Boonie" Stokes, 39, and Brandon Lynn Steele, 32, both from Sweetwater, were charged with conspiracy to manufacture and deliver more than 50 grams of meth, illegal possession of firearm by a convicted felon, and other charges.

Stokes was booked at the Monroe County Jail Thursday and authorities transferred him to the Bradley County Justice Center, a federal facility.

Steele has been in custody at the Monroe County Jail since October on state drug and weapons charges. In 2001, prosecutors charged him with first-degree murder and plotting to kill a TBI agent. He served 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to solicitation to murder and selling and delivering drugs.

Both Stokes and Steele testified in the high-profile murder trial of Jessica Kennedy, who was convicted on four charges including facilitation of murder in 2010 death of Jim Miller, the former Monroe County Election Commission Chairman.

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