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Former Mayor Sentenced to 25 Years For Cocaine Trafficking

January 6, 1986

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) _ A former mayor was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to four counts of cocaine trafficking.

Bruce E. Holloway, 34, a former mayor and City Council member in Poplar Bluff, also was fined $7,000 by Senior U.S. District Judge H. Kenneth Wangelin. Holloway could have been sentenced to 60 years in prison and fined $1 million.

″It is very difficult for me to adequately express my remorse,″ Holloway told Wangelin before the sentencing. Acting on a recommendation from prosecutors, Wangelin dismissed two charges against Holloway.

Holloway and two other men were arrested July 16 after selling cocaine to an undercover narcotics agents in a hotel parking lot.

John D. Larson, 34, of Poplar Bluff, was sentenced to three concurrent 10- year prison terms and fined $7,000 after pleading guilty to three counts of distributing cocaine.

Gregory Anderson, 34, of Independence, pleaded guilty to one count of cocaine distribution and was sentenced to seven years in prison and fined $7,000.

Holloway was serving his third term as a Poplar Bluff councilman when he was arrested. He resigned six days later.

During his first term on the council, he served for a year as mayor of Poplar Bluff, a city of 17,000 people 160 miles south of St. Louis.

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