A felon with a pending drive-by shooting charge has been sentenced to 40 full years in prison for trafficking cocaine and using the powder to make crack cocaine.
Decarlos Neshunn Holloway, 30, will not be eligible for early release, Assistant District Attorney Alison Baker said.
Circuit Judge Lisa Dodson sentenced Holloway as a habitual offender Monday in Harrison County Circuit Court. He faced up to 80 years in prison.
A Harrison County jury convicted him of trafficking cocaine on Thursday.
Gulfport police testified they found Holloway with 44 grams of crack and a .38-caliber gun in his car on Dec. 17, 2014. They then found 46 grams of cocaine in his home, Baker said.
The cocaine was in a Folgers coffee can with a bag of baking soda, Baker said.
An expert witness testified that baking soda is used as a cutting agent in the process of turning cocaine into crack.
Holloway testified he was not the “true” owner of the cocaine, Baker said, but under cross-examination, he said the cocaine was a gift from a friend.
The jury heard audio and video recordings in which Holloway had told police the cocaine and the crack were his, she said.
Holloway also is facing his third drive-by shooting charge. He’s accused of wounding a man in a shooting as he drove past a convenience store on Old Pass Road in the Gaston Point community in November 2015. He has been indicted.
Baker said Holloway had two felony convictions until now — auto theft and possession of a controlled substance.