Heinous Jamaican drug lord Christopher "Dudus" Coke, who pleaded guilty in New York to drug and gun trafficking charges, has been sentenced to 23 years in prison. Coke was captured in Jamaica in 2010 after a bloody siege of his stronghold in a slum west of Kingston left more than 70 dead. Prosecutors in federal court in Manhattan had used the often gruesome testimony of an admitted member of Coke's drug gang to push for a stiff sentence. The most startling was an account of how Coke ordered his men to kill a deadbeat drug dealer nicknamed "Tall Man" by tying him up and dismembering him with a chain saw.

Private investigators never found any evidence that the "Tall Man" slaying or other purported atrocities ever happened, which prompted Coke to write the judge a letter describing the good deeds he did for slum-dwellers in an attempt to seek mercy. He told the judge that he deserved a break because he's a "good person." Fortunately enough, U.S. District Judge Robert B. Patterson weighed the pleas of several women who were abused by Coke's gang in Jamaica as they begged for a harsh punishment.