A California man was sentenced to more than six years in federal prison for conspiring to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine near the UND campus.

Kevin Francis Hendley, 64, received 80 months in federal prison and 10 years of supervised probation. He was indicted along with Ian Carl Footlik and Jade Ashley Frank. He pleaded guilty to the charge in February 2019.

Hendley faced a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years, but due to his age and health problems, a pre-sentence investigation recommended he be sentenced to less than the minimum sentence. He faced additional maximum penalties of a lifetime of supervised probation and a $40,000,000 fine.

The investigation also recommended a lighter sentence due to the minimal sentences of his co-defendants.

According to a sentencing memorandum, Hendley was contacted by Hollie Murphy to sell methamphetamine to Footlik. Hendley pleaded guilty to mailing Footlik methamphetamine on several occasions between December 2016 and March 2017. At least one of these shipments was addressed to a residence across the street from the UND campus.

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Court documents indicated that the Grand Forks Narcotics Task Force investigated Footlik during fall 2017. Footlik told investigators that Hendley mailed him about 2 pounds of methamphetamine, including 10 to 12 packages sent to Grand Forks.

Footlik pleaded guilty conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in February 2019 and is serving a sentence in federal prison. He is scheduled to be released in 2023. Frank is also serving her sentence in federal prison and is scheduled to be released in 2021.