Man could face up to 40 years in prison for distribution charge

Francis Little Jr. pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute a controlled drug or substance in federal court.
Published: Aug. 11, 2023 at 7:55 PM MDT
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - A man was back in federal court Friday for a change of plea.

Francis Little Jr., 44, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled drug or substance. In return for pleading guilty, the government will make a motion to dismiss his distribution resulting in death charge.

The factual basis statement in the case says fentanyl distributed by Little ultimately led to the death of a 16-year-old boy in Porcupine in December of 2020.

The charge carries a mandatory minimum of five years in prison, up to a maximum of 40 years and a fine of up to $5 million.