Columbia man sentenced for heroin conspiracy

2 years 4 weeks 19 hours ago Thursday, May 19 2016 May 19, 2016 Thursday, May 19, 2016 3:53:00 PM CDT May 19, 2016 in News
By: Danielle Katz, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY – A federal court sentenced a Columbia man for leading a heroin trafficking conspiracy.

James Delarosa Borden, 41, was sentenced to 19 years and seven months in federal prison without parole by a U.S. district judge. Borden lead a drug-trafficking conspiracy that distributed more than a kilogram of heroin.

Borden pleaded guilty in January to distributing heroin and being part of a heroin distribution conspiracy.

According to court documents, Borden regularly obtained 100 grams of heroin from various sources. Borden admitted that he had been getting heroin from sources in Detroit, Michigan, and St. Louis.

Borden also admitted that he supplied heroin to a man who died after ingesting the drug.

Borden has an extensive history of violent criminal behavior and was sentenced as a career offender. 

Borden was among five co-defendants from Columbia sentenced. Borden’s cousin and co-defendant, James Delvico Borden, 39, was sentenced to eight years and one month in federal prison without parole. Co-defendant Javis Deonn Wideman, 38, was sentenced to five years in federal prison without parole. Co-defendants Matthew Alec Ell, 21, and his girlfriend, Angelic Melanie Polston, 21, received probationary sentences.

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