Keith Barber, one of several defendants in a federal drug case linked to Columbus attorney Mark Shelnutt, was sentenced Thursday to 2 1/2 years in prison.
Barber, 32, initially faced five charges ranging from intending to distribute more than 176 ounces of cocaine to maintaining a residence with the intent to distribute marijuana. In January, he pleaded guilty to only one count of maintaining a 14th Street Columbus home for the purpose of distributing marijuana.
Barber was indicted along with several others who have been linked to Torrance Hill’s drug organization. Hill, 34, was once represented by Shelnutt, and he pleaded guilty in 2006 to drug charges and was sentenced to 24 1/2 years in prison.