Fort Walton Beach Man Gets 20 Years in Prison in Drug Case

Fort Walton Beach, Fla. - Gregory S. Rothwell Jr., 31, of Fort Walton Beach, was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison Friday after having been found guilty on April 3 of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The charges stemmed from an incident that occurred on July 13, 2017, at an apartment complex in Fort Walton Beach, federal prosecutors wrote in a news release. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office found and seized a loaded firearm, marijuana, a large amount of cash in Rothwell’s vehicle, as well as drug paraphernalia and additional cash in Rothwell’s storage unit, prosecutors wrote.

The firearm was purchased originally by Rothwell’s girlfriend, Shelley Wimes.  Following a two-day jury trial in April 2018, Rothwell was found guilty as charged.

Rothwell was sentenced to 240 months in prison and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine. In addition, the firearm and almost $70,000 in cash that was seized was forfeited to the government. 

Wimes is scheduled to be sentenced in August after pleading guilty to two counts of perjury for lying to the grand jury and to the court about her having driven Rothwell’s car on July 13. 

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