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May 16, 2013

Cullman man sentenced to 10 years for drug distribution

A Cullman man has been sentenced to 10 years for his unlawful distribution of a controlled substance conviction of 2012.

Kristopher Harris, 26, was arrested on a warrant for unlawful distribution of a controlled substance in Cullman and convicted on December 14, 2012, of that charge Cullman County, Sgt. Scott Clay said. He was moved from Elmore Correctional Facility to the Cullman County Detention Center awaiting sentencing for the 2012 distribution charge.

“The judge’s order came down, and Harris was picked up yesterday,” Clay said. “He pleaded guilty today [May 15] for the distribution charge and will serve his 10-year sentence concurrent with his other five-year sentence.”

Harris was among more than 80 people who faced drug charges after a county-wide round up in December of 2012 following a five-month investigation by local and state law enforcement agencies, Cullman County Sheriff Mike Rainey said.

“We appreciate the effort of the D.A.’s office for seeing this case through; we thank the judges and everyone involved,” Rainey said.  “A lot of these people need to read The Cullman Times, see the arrests and learn from them. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation, especially the citizens’ involvement, that’s why we do what we do. Everyone in this community is trying to make Cullman County safer.”  

Harris has been held at the Elmore Correctional Facility since his conviction on a five-year sentence for fraudulent use of credit cards and was transferred to the CCDC on May 14, 2013.

Harris was sentenced to 10 years for unlawful distribution of a controlled substance to run concurrently with his five-year sentence, which will be served at Elmore Correctional Facility.

Lauren Estes can be reached at or 256-734-2131, ext. 270.

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