- Associated Press - Thursday, July 24, 2014

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - A former Mesa County homebuilder and restaurant owner has been sentenced to community corrections for a drug conviction.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported Wednesday (https://tinyurl.com/lcdhdux ) 59-year-old Terry Lawrence will avoid prison under the five-year sentence. Prosecutors say Lawrence is in a drug treatment program.

Lawrence pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute drugs and prosecutors dropped a racketeering charge in exchange. Investigators alleged he was a cocaine user and part of a drug ring.

Lawrence was CEO of Grace Homes and operated Lil’ Guidos Pizzeria in Clifton. He also raised money for religious programs.

He told the judge Wednesday he started abusing drugs under the economic pressure of the recession.

His pastor, Mike Bridgewater of Church on the Rock, told the judge that Lawrence is recovering from drug abuse.

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Information from: The Daily Sentinel, https://www.gjsentinel.com

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