Holyoke man sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for selling cocaine


A Holyoke man will spend more than two years in prison for selling cocaine. 

The Department of Justice said 30-year-old Carlos Maldonado was sentenced to 30 months in prison and six years of supervised release in Springfield federal court on Wednesday. 

In October 2018, Maldonado pleaded guilty to one count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine. He was arrested in September 2016 and has been in federal custody ever since.

“The government asked for a sentence of 216 months for this career offender,” said U.S. Attorney Andrew E. Lelling. “Maldonado has previously served seven years in prison for assault with intent to murder and has a prior federal conviction for drug dealing – the crime he was sentenced for Wednesday. We respectfully disagree with the Court’s sentence of 30 months.” 

According to the court, Maldonado distributed cocaine to a government witness in Holyoke on July 15, 2016, making it his second federal narcotics-related conviction. In 2015, Maldonado was convicted in federal court in Springfield for possessing heroin with the intent to distribute.

He was sentenced to 16 months in prison for that offense. 

He had been released from a residential re-entry center in May 2016, only two months before he was arrested for the offense he was sentenced for on Wednesday.

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