Columbus man pleads guilty to murdering potential witnesses to drug crimes

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Antwan Hutchinson pleaded guilty to federal charges of murdering two women who were potential witnesses to his crimes, as well as drug charges. (Courtesy: Columbus Police)

A Columbus man who reportedly led a brutal drug trafficking organization that distributed drugs across Ohio, intimidated, assaulted, and tortured people who owed money or drugs, and tortured and killed people who were seen as possible witnesses to crimes pleaded guilty to federal murder charges.

Antwan Hutchison, 27, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of release after pleading guilty to murdering two potential witnesses and conspiring to distribute narcotics. Hutchinson admitted he intentionally killed Sidney Campbell and Marie Stamp in Campbell's home in west Columbus in February, 2017. Federal prosecutors say the two women were among potential witnesses who were going to testify about Hutchinson's drug operations that included torturing people who owed drug money, and using "trap houses"' to store and sell drugs.

Days before their murders, prosecutors say Hutchison and Michael Favors beat and tortured Campbell's son Cody Campbell, using a two-by-four and extension cords, because he too was a potential witness. Cody Campbell died hours after he was tortured.

Both Hutchison and Favors were indicted and arrested on multiple federal charges in April 2017. Favors pleaded guilty to conspiring to murder two potential witnesses in 2018 and faces up to life in prison.

Authorities say Hutchison led a drug trafficking ring that distributed cocaine, heroin, oxycodone, and marijuana. He and Favors used houses that were in other people's names and the homes of drug-addicted individuals under the threat of force to store and sell drugs. He faced a death penalty sentence if convicted of the murders.

“As the result of the pleas entered today, Antwan Hutchinson will spend the rest of his life behind bars without the chance of release,” said. U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman. “That’s a just punishment for his crimes. And I hope it provides a sense of closure for the victims’ families."