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Antonio King guilty on drug, weapons charges

A Phenix City man still facing an Alabama capital murder charge was convicted Wednesday in federal court on drug and weapons charges.

Antonio King, 46, who has a criminal history that dates back more than 30 years, was convicted by a Montgomery, Ala., jury on three counts and faces 20 years to life in prison.

King was convicted of one count of felony firearm possession, one count of possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug activity. The trial began Monday.

"This is the biggest conviction we have had in this county in a long time," said Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor.

King is still facing the death penalty in Russell County Circuit Court in connection with the Feb. 24, 2014, homicide of his 19-year-old nephew, Sayquwan Wiggins.

The drugs and weapons that led to the federal charges were part of the Wiggins murder investigation, Taylor said.

During a search warrant related to the murder, the drugs and weapon were found. Those cases were moved to federal court, while the murder case remains in state court.

"Everybody who knew him and dealt with him will sleep easier tonight knowing that he is in federal prison for a long time," Taylor said.

Chuck Williams: 706-571-8510, @chuckwilliams

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