Wednesday, 19 August 2015 12:41

Vincent to take plea in Operation Rockfish

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Wardie Vincent Jr. has entered a plea agreement with the federal government for his crimes in the Operation Rockfish police corruption case.

Court records filed Tuesday show Vincent intends to plead guilty on counts one and two which are counts involving conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances and use of a firearm in relation to drug trafficking.

Eleven other counts will be dismissed at sentencing scheduled for the court's December 8 term in Greenville.

Vincent signed his name to a waiver of indictment which says, “I understand that I have been accused of one or more offenses punishable by imprisonment for more than one year. I was advised in open court of my rights and the nature of the proposed charges against me. After receiving this advice, I waive my right to prosecution by indictment and consent to prosecution by information.”

Vincent and all other defendants in the case, with the exception of Crystal Pierce and Tosha Dailey, will remain in federal custody.

Tuesday, according to court records filed in the case, also saw the arraignment date changed to the December term.

In his order to continue the arraignment, Senior United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard wrote, “The court heard from the parties regarding the voluminous nature of the discovery and the time burden such discovery has placed on the defense attorneys, many of whom are solo practitioners.

“After giving each defendant's counsel an opportunity to be heard, as well as hearing the reasons for opposition from counsel for the government, the court finds that an extension is necessary to allow defense counsel to effectively represent their clients.”

Howard ordered all pretrial motions, including motions to compel discovery, motions to suppress, and other motions to be filed no later than November 10. Responses shall be filed no later than November 24.  

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