Russell Coleman, the United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, made a stop in Webster County on Friday as part of a whistlestop tour he is making of the 53 counties he represents in western Kentucky.

A visit from a federal prosecutor is rare. Commonwealth's Attorney Zachary Greenwell, who prosecutes cases in Crittenden, Union and Webster counties, said it had been at least 15 years since he could recall a US Attorney being in the old courthouse in Dixon.

Coleman came to local court officials and law enforcement officers with one message, he wants local officials to utilize his office to help keep criminals off the street.

He told officials that for many crimes, the federally mandated minimum sentences are more harsh than those imposed by the state courts.

Coleman was nominated as U.S. Attorney on September 22, 2017 by President Donald Trump and unanimous confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Previously served as Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for Kentucky's 12th Judicial Circuit from 2015 through 2017. Prior to that he held positions as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a legal counsel to United States Senator Mitch McConnell, and as the Briefing Coordinator to two U.S. Attorney's General at the U.S. Department of Justice.

He grew up in Graves, Daviess and Logan counties.

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