- Associated Press - Saturday, March 29, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced the reputed boss of a major Chicago heroin ring to 25 years in prison.

One issue at Domingo Blount’s sentencing Friday was whether the judge should factor in what prosecutors said was the likelihood he committed several murders in the course of drug trafficking.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports (https://bit.ly/1lu1DTa ) Judge Gary Feinerman decided there wasn’t enough evidence to pin murders on Blount. But Feinerman said his drug dealing “destroyed the lives of users.”

The alleged Black Disciples street gang member is a father of five. He told the judge he sold heroin to “take care of” his family. Prosecutors say Blount sometimes made $30,000 in profit distributing a kilogram of heroin.

Blount pleaded guilty in November to charges including conspiracy to possess and distribute heroin.

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