92.2 F
The Villages
Friday, July 12, 2024

Sumter judge sentences three-time convicted felon to 75 years in prison

Ke Andre Darvay Stokes
Ke’Andre Darvay Stokes

A 30-year-old man who was already a convicted felon has been sentenced to 75 years behind bars after a Sumter County jury found him guilty of numerous drug charges.

The trial of Ke’Andre Darvay Stokes, which began on Tuesday, concluded Wednesday with Judge Mary Hatcher sentencing him to 75 years in the Florida Department of Corrections, along with fining him $500,000. Stokes, who was on probation at the time of his initial arrest, is a three-time convicted felon with prior drug charges.

Stokes was arrested on June 2, 2021, after agents with the Marion County Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team began an investigation into the overdose death of an individual. Officials with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office were notified and conducted a joint investigation.

Ke Andre Darvay Stokes, standing at left, was sentenced by Judge Mary Hatcher, at right
Ke’Andre Darvay Stokes, standing at left, was sentenced by Judge Mary Hatcher, at right.

During the investigation, authorities were able to set up a narcotics transaction with Stokes. During the communications, Stokes relayed an apartment address in The Villages to meet up for the sale of fentanyl. Members of the SCSO Special Investigations Squad and Marion County UDEST arrived at the location. While surveilling the area, law enforcement was able to observe Stokes exiting the apartment to conduct the sale.

Deputies placed Stokes under arrest. During a search, officials located 3.32 grams of fentanyl, a large amount of cash and the cell phone he was using to communicate with law enforcement.   

A search warrant was also conducted at the apartment of Stokes’ girlfriend. A search turned up 28 grams of fentanyl, cannabis, and drug paraphernalia.

Assistant State Attorneys Donald McCathran and Daniel Geraghty prosecuted this case.

Response to Laura Darpino’s call to stop complaining

In a Letter to the Editor, a Village of Monarch Grove resident offers rebuttal to Lady Lake reader who called on Villagers to stop complaining or move back north.

Marco Rubio distracts from the real issues

A Village of Virginia Trace resident has harsh criticism of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio for distracting a crowd from the real issues facing our nation.

There are steps we can take to keep outsiders out of The Villages

A Village of Rio Grande resident, in a Letter to the Editor, offers ideas for stopping outsiders from gaining access to The Villages.

Amenity fees help us keep our property values strong

A Village of Buttonwood resident contends that amenity fees are key to keeping up property values in The Villages.

Stop complaining or just go back up north!

A Lady Lake reader urges Villagers to stop complaining or go back up north. Read her Letter to the Editor.