Defendant Convicted In Sellers Drug Case
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) _ A man prosecuted on the basis of testimony by the daughter of the late Peter Sellers has been convicted of participating in what federal authorities described as a violent international cocaine ring.
Curtis Hunt, 25, of Venice, Calif., was convicted Monday of conspiracy, and faces up to 20 years in prison. Sentencing was set for July 14.
Victoria Sellers, 21, testified Friday that she and Hunt were present during a cocaine deal in a limousine in Los Angeles, and that Hunt had a .45- caliber machine pistol under the seat.
Ms. Sellers pleaded guilty in secret in April to knowing about her Hollywood, Calif., housemate’s cocaine transactions and not reporting them. She testified that at the request of housemate Reed Wallace, she asked an alleged drug dealer to come to her home and that Wallace beat him with a pool cue.
Ms. Sellers, a British citizen, also testified that she stole $80,000 from another alleged drug dealer.
Hunt, Ms. Sellers, Wallace and three others were indicted March 12 on conspiracy charges.
Wallace also was indicted on, and later pleaded guilty to, a charge of running a continuing criminal enterprise. Under his plea agreement, he will serve 10 years in prison without parole eligibility.
Federal authorities said the conspiracy charge would be dropped against Ms. Sellers if she testified truthfully.
She could have faced up to 20 years in prison on the charge. Instead, she will face up to three years in prison and a $500 fine. The judge could fine her $250,000 as an alternative sentence. No sentencing date has been set.
Federal authorities said plea negotiations are under way with the three other defendants, Candice Raggio, 23, of West Hollywood, Calif., and Philip Sena, 25, and Steven Nave, 27, both of Hollywood.