Federal prosecutors in Mobile asked a judge last week to jail four of five men convicted on steroids charges until they are sentenced later this year.
After a jury convicted the defendants last month, U.S. District Judge Ginny Granade denied a request by Assistant U.S. Attorney Donna Dobbins to put them in jail. But Dobbins argued in a court filing last week that the law requires them to be jailed because they could be sentenced to 10 years in prison.
The defendants included the owner of a Colorado anti-aging clinic, Brett W. Branch; the owners of Applied Pharmacy Services, A. Samuel Kelley II and Jason R. Kelley; and Applied’s supervising pharmacist, J. Michael Bennett. Each was convicted of conspiracy to distribute steroids to a person younger than 21.
Dobbins wrote that the mandatory-jailing rule does not apply to a fifth defendant, Jodi Silvio, who was convicted of a different steroids offense.