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Krist co-conspirator sentenced for smuggling

MOBILE, Ala. - A federal judge in Mobile, Ala., has sentenced Henry Jackson Greeson, 49, of Auburn to almost four years in prison for conspiracy to import cocaine into the United States.

Greeson had pleaded guilty to importing the illegal drugs. He was facing 10 years to life in prison with up to $4 million in fines, said Sharon Kennedy, intake clerk for the Southern District Federal Court. Instead, he will serve 47 months in prison with five years' supervised release following his prison term and a $100 special assessment fee. Kennedy said Greeson paid the $100 the morning before his Wednesday sentencing.

Greeson is the stepson of Gary Steven Krist, Kennedy said. Greeson and Krist were arrested in Clear Point, 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.

Krist was sentenced in January to more than five years in prison.

Previously, Krist served 10 years in prison for the 1968 kidnapping of Barbara Jane Mackle and burying her alive in Berkeley Lake. Mackle was rescued after three days underground when her father paid Krist a $500,000 ransom.

An accused co-conspirator, Antonio Bryan Joseph, pleaded guilty in January to one count of intent to sell, distribute or dispense cocaine. His sentencing is scheduled for 10 a.m. April 14.