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Man tied to 2013 murder sentenced to 15 years for drug charges

Posted: Sep 2, 2014 5:21 PM by Jenna Middaugh, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
Updated: Sep 2, 2014 5:42 PM

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COLUMBIA - A man connected to the June 2013 murder of Anthony Unger appeared in court Tuesday on drug charges.

A judge sentenced Samuel Butler to 15 years for intent to distribute marijuana.

Butler originally faced second-degree murder charges, but that charge was dismissed July 14, 2014.

Butler's attorney, Stan Clay, said prosecutors filed an amended charge for Butler for intent to distribute. That's because records show Butler's phone was used to coordinate the meeting of Unger and Domionte Cheatum, who was later convicted of Unger's murder. Clay said the meeting was intended to be a drug deal.

Domionte Cheatum was found guilty of second-degree murder, armed criminal action and first-degree robbery on June 12, 2014.

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