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Buchanan County repeat drug offender sentenced to 20 years in prison

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A Buchanan County man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to multiple drug charges.

Mark Wayne Church pleaded guilty to two counts of distribution of a Schedule I/II controlled substance, being a third or subsequent offense, two counts of maintaining a common nuisance, and one count of distribution of a Schedule I/II controlled substance.

These convictions came following his sales of Oxycodone to an undercover confidential informant last October, according to Buchanan County Commonwealth's Attorney Gerald Arrington. Church was previously convicted in 2004 for selling the same drug and in 2012 for selling an imitation controlled substance in Buchanan County. In all, Church received a sentence of 120 years in prison with 100 years of that sentence suspended on the condition that he successfully completes 15 years of probation.

"While my office always takes drug cases seriously, repeat offenders are of particular concern to me," Arrington said. "Mr. Church has repetitively sold drugs within our community and has continued to do so even after being caught, convicted, and incarcerated. It was clear that if Mr. Church were to remain free, he would continue to peddle pills and poison our community. I consider his sentence to reflect the firm position of my office on repeat offenders."

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