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Posted at 07:54 AM ET, 05/14/2012

Sentencing hearings for 2 in Virginia moonshine case

CHATHAM, Va. — Sentencing hearings are set in Pittsylvania County Circuit Court for two men convicted of making illegal whiskey.

The Danville Register & Bee reports that 55-year-old Ricky Lynn Easley of Callands is scheduled to be sentenced May 21. A June 11 sentencing is set for 37-year-old Daniel Ray Matthews of Callands.

Sheriff’s deputies and special agents with the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control arrested the men last December. The officers seized six 800-gallon stills and other items used in the manufacture of whiskey.

Matthews pleaded guilty last week to illegal manufacture of alcohol and possession of distilling apparatus.

Easley pleaded guilty to the same charges in April. He also pleaded guilty to possession/transfer of alcohol.

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By the Associated Press  |  07:54 AM ET, 05/14/2012


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