A Knott County man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison in a case in which he was charged with murdering two people in retaliation for them giving police information about his drug ring.
The sentence indicates Eugene Slone pleaded guilty, but documents that would spell out the charges covered in the plea and Slone's conduct remain sealed.
After finishing his sentence, Slone will be under the supervision of the federal probation and parole office for the rest of his life, according to docket entries on the federal court's website.
There is no parole in the federal court system, so Slone will have to serve at least 85 percent of the 25-year sentence.
Slone was charged with heading a drug ring responsible for distributing pills in Knott, Clay, Letcher and Perry counties between November 2009 and July 2012, according to the indictment and other court documents.
A detective testified the drug ring was responsible for distributing between 150,000 and 400,000 pills.
An accomplice said Slone took part in arranging for carloads of addicts and drug runners to go to Florida to get pill prescriptions, and also had a bulk source who supplied up to 12,000 pills at a time.
The accomplice, Ruth Beckner, was sentenced to three years and 10 months in prison. Ten other people also pleaded guilty in the case.
Authorities arrested Slone after the bodies of Davey Sparkman, 26, and Keisha Sexton, 18, whom police said was his girlfriend, were found in a burned pickup truck at an abandoned coal mine in Knott County.
The two had been shot to death before the truck was burned. Court records indicate the two had been involved in Slone's drug ring.
A federal grand jury charged that Slone killed the two because they had given information to police.
Prosecutors weighed seeking the death penalty for Slone, but then-Attorney General Eric Holder decided against it.