Son of Longtime U.S. Congressman Phil Crane sentenced to prison for Oxycodone Distribution

Phil Crane served in the United States House of Representatives for over 35 years.  Now his son, 48 yeard old George Washington Crane V, will serve the next 12 years in prison for selling oxycodone to a friend who subsequently overdosed and died.  

In August 2010, George Washington Crane V was charged in relation to the overdose of  his Oxycodone client William Huff of Leesburg, VA.  Prosecutors contended that Crane purchased Oxycodone numerous times a week in Washington D.C. and Baltimore.  Crane would then bring these drugs back to Loundon County in Virginia and re-distribute the drug to clients that included young adults and teenagers that were still in High School.

Eventually, Crane pled guilty to the distribution of Oxycodone without responsibility of the death of Huff.  Had Crane been convicted of a charge relating to the death, he could have faced a life sentence.  Instead, Crane pled guilty to a lesser charge.  However, U.S. District Judge Liam O'Grady had little pity on Crane for distributing the highly addictive Oxycodone drug and sentenced him to 12 years in prison. Crane's defense attorney had requested a more lenient sentence of 4 years.  

Crane's father Phil Crane served as a Republican Congressman in Illinois from 1969 to 2005.  Crane at one time had ambitions to be president and ran briefly against Ronald Regan in the Republican primaries in 1980.  Crane lost his re-election bid in 2004 to Democratic Melissa Bean.

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