A Davenport man who reportedly stopped an attempted suicide while in federal custody will now spend 20 years of his life in prison for a drug conviction.

U.S. District Judge John Jarvey sentenced Aaron Deshawn Watson, 33, on Friday after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute marijuana and cocaine.

Watson admitted to his involvement in a five-year drug conspiracy in which he received and distributed 1,400 pounds of marijuana, according to records.

The conspiracy involved Tyrell Carr, Josh Fifer, Juan Pizano and Gilberto Duarte, all of whom have been convicted on drug charges and sentenced to prison.

At some point during the conspiracy, Carr received as much as 600 pounds of marijuana per week and sold the some of the drugs to Watson, who resold the drugs to multiple customers throughout the Quad-Cities, including Fifer, records state.

Pizano and Duarte were additional sources of marijuana for Watson, records state.

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Watson’s conviction carries a mandatory minimum 20-year prison sentence due to a prior drug conviction.

On Dec. 27, 2008, he pleaded guilty in Scott County to possession of a controlled substance and was given a suspended sentence in favor of three years of probation.

His attorney, Jack Dusthimer, wrote in his sentencing memorandum that while in custody at the Muscatine County Jail, Watson played a “significant” role in stopping an attempted suicide and was cited by jail staff for his efforts to save the life.

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