Man gets 15 years for sale of cocaine

48-year-old sold drugs to confidential informant, PCSO says

A 48-year-old Palatka man authorities called the “Al Capone” of Putnam County was sentenced Tuesday morning to 15 years in prison for the sale of cocaine.

In August, a jury found Harry James Robinson Jr. guilty in a 2014 case in which Putnam County Sheriff’s Office detectives sent a confidential informant to the defendant’s home to purchase cocaine.

Seventh Judicial Circuit State Attorney spokesman Spencer Hathaway said Robinson had an extensive criminal history, including two prior felony drug sales and four felony possession of drug charges.

Sheriff’s office Capt. Joe Wells said Robinson attempted to tamper with a juror prior to opening statements in the August court case.

Hathaway said Judge Clyde Wolfe sentenced Robinson to the maximum amount of prison time for the cocaine sale.

“In a joint investigation between the sheriff’s office and state attorney, charges were filed for jury tampering,” Wells said.

Wells said the state attorney’s office would determine how to proceed with the new charge.

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