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Sixty-Year-Old Woman Sentenced For Selling Cocaine

March 14, 1989

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) _ A 60-year-old woman was sentenced Monday to 20 years to life in state prison for selling a half-pound of cocaine to an undercover police investigator.

The defense attorney for Martha Weatherspoon objected to the sentence as ″a little harsh,″ noting that his client would be 80 before she is eligible for parole.

″At her age, it is life,″ said the lawyer, Hurclee Maye.

Weatherspoon, a Syracuse resident, was convicted in January of first-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance and other drug-related charges.

She admitted to selling 8 ounces of cocaine last October for $8,000, but claimed she was only acting as a delivery person for 20-year-old Darryl Gibbs of Brooklyn, her co-defendant.

However, Gibbs was acquitted of all charges after claiming he went to Weatherspoon’s residence to buy drugs, not sell them.

Assistant District Attorney Richard Southwick asked Judge Walter Gorman to impose the maximum sentence of 25 years to life.

Southwick said Weatherspoon was involved in a ″fairly sophisticated narcotics distribution system″ that used electronic pagers and ″stash″ houses.

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