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Federal prosecutors call for three-year sentence in South End drug case

A Mattapan man who served a lengthy sentence for involuntary manslaughter should receive a three-year federal prison term for selling crack cocaine in the Lenox Street housing development in Boston’s South End, prosecutors said in a court filing over the weekend.

The document was filed in US District Court in Boston in the case of Byron Alexander, a man in his mid-30s who goes by the nickname “Buns.” Alexander pleaded guilty in January to drug distribution charges.

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Prosecutors said in their weekend court filing that Alexander previously received a 10-to-15-year sentence for involuntary manslaughter stemming from a 1997 robbery. He also has an armed-robbery conviction for an incident in which the victim “was threatened with a knife and then had his nose broken after he had turned over his belongings,” records show.

The government is requesting a three-year sentence in the current drug case, in which Alexander sold crack cocaine to a cooperating witness inside the Lenox Street development in December 2015.

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Alexander’s lawyer had not responded to the prosecution’s sentencing recommendation as of early Monday morning.

While Alexander only pocketed $180 from the sale, his “readiness to sell crack cocaine to the [witness] when called shows that his sale was no accident as does the additional crack recovered from him post-arrest,” the government’s filing said.

In addition, the document said, drug dealers have harmed the quality of life for Lenox Street residents.

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“Area residents (who may often be afraid to file a formal police complaint, much less pursue it), advise officers that groups literally take over hallways and courtyards inside Lenox Street in order to use drugs and hang out,” the filing said. “Such incidents can literally leave residents and their children feeling like prisoners in their own homes.”

Prosecutors also noted that Alexander is not a crack cocaine user, meaning “Alexander peddled this dangerous and addictive drug for profit rather than to feed his own addiction.”

He is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 11.

Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.
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