P R E S S R E L E A S E
April 5, 2016
State of Florida v. MADU JABULANI CHINELO
Case #: 2015-1059-CF
Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Case # JA731569IR22
Trafficking in Cocaine
Daytona Man Sentenced to 20 Years’ Prison on Drug Trafficking Conviction
PALATKA – A Daytona man convicted on a felony charge of trafficking in cocaine on February 26, 2016, was sentenced to 20 years in a state prison facility today, April 5, 2016, following a sentencing hearing. MADU JABULANI CHINELO a/k/a Hennard Harris, of Cadillac Drive in Daytona Beach, will be placed under 2 years of house arrest following his release from a state prison facility sometime during the 2030’s. Chinelo will further face 8 years of probation following the house arrest sanction. Chinelo had a faced a maximum possible penalty of 30 years in prison.
On October 21, 2014 and November 12, 2014, Chinelo trafficked in 54.6 grams of crack cocaine in a controlled-buy conducted with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Investigators used a confidential informant to purchase the crack cocaine which was sold by Chinelo. Chinelo was later taken into custody after a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Chinelo’s prior criminal history includes 6 prior felony convictions, including 1 sexual battery, 1 false imprisonment, a robbery, and a possession of cocaine, among other charges.
“This defendant’s criminal history shows a disturbing pattern of violence and a blatant disregard for the safety of this community,” State Attorney R.J. Larizza said following the sentence, “this sentence is reflective of both his criminal history and the seriousness of this offense.”
Assistant State Attorney Alexander Sharp, of the State Attorney’s Drug Unit prosecuted the case. Circuit Judge Clyde Wolfe presided over the case and pronounced sentence.
Please find attached copies of the 707s and Information.
For more information contact:
Spencer S. Hathaway
Public Information Officer / Assistant State Attorney
Office of R.J. Larizza
State Attorney, Seventh Judicial Circuit