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Former Georgetown Law Student Sentenced for Meth Distribution

From Cody Telep. Follow him on Twitter @codywt, email him at cody[AT]borderstan.com.

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Crime news from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

Marc A. Gersen, 31, was sentenced to four years in prison Thursday in U.S. District Court for one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.

Gersen will also be placed on three years of probation after his release, will have to serve 400 hours of community service, and must pay judgments and fines totaling $122,500. Gersen pled guilty to the charge in November.

Gersen was enrolled as a law student at Georgetown University at the time of his arrest in December 2011 and was living in an apartment in the Borderstan area. The The Washington Post details the double life of Gersen. He was both a star student interested in becoming a public defender and heavily involved in a methamphetamine dealing ring, in part to finance his addiction to the drug.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s release, Gersen conspired with his roommate, Michael Talon, 30, and Lee Hylton, 51, of Arlington, to distribute meth in the District and surrounding areas. Gersen would go to California, where he previously had been an economics graduate student at the University of California Berkeley, to purchase methamphetamine in quantities of up to half a pound to ship back to DC for distribution.

Police searched the apartment of Gersen and Talon in the 1600 block of 18th Street NW on November 28, 2011 and found three grams of meth and chemicals used for producing drugs. Gersen was arrested outside the Beacon Hotel in the 1600 block of Rhode Island Avenue NW on December 1, 2011 on his way to meet Gersen and Talon. Police arrested Gersen and Talon inside the hotel after finding more than 500 grams of meth.

Talon and Hylton both also pled guilty to the same charge. Talon’s sentencing is scheduled for March 15 and Hylton’s for March 1.

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