Sentencing set for men convicted of smuggling

MOBILE, Ala. - A federal judge in Mobile, Ala., has scheduled sentencing dates for two Barrow County men who admitted to smuggling cocaine into the United States.

Judge Calli Granade scheduled Gary Stephen Krist to be sentenced at 1 p.m. Jan 18 and Henry Jackson Greeson at 1 p.m. Jan. 31, according to Sharon Kennedy, spokeswoman for the Southern District Court in Mobile.

Krist and Greeson are also scheduled to testify against an alleged partner in the crime, whose trial is set to begin Jan. 11.

Krist and Greeson face 10 years to life in prison and $4 million in fines.

The pair was arrested in Point Clear, Ala., in March after returning from Colombia in a 40-foot sailboat with almost 39 pounds of cocaine and four illegal immigrants who reportedly paid $6,000 apiece to come to the United States. Police later found an underground cocaine lab on Krist's Auburn property concealed by an above-ground storage shed.

In 1968, Krist, a former physician, kidnapped Emory University student Barbara Mackle and buried her alive in Berkeley Lake. Krist collected a $500,000 ransom from her father, a Florida developer, and Mackle was rescued after more than three days underground. Krist was sentenced to life in prison but was granted parole after 10 years.