A Northampton County man who originally pleaded not guilty to a federal weapon possession charge has filed a memorandum for a plea agreement.
Court documents filed in the federal system were not available for public inspection and there is no immediate record of the details of the plea agreement which was filed before Chief Judge Richard E. Myers II on behalf of Deryck D. Bennett in Wilmington last week.
The available documents only indicate the plea agreement was filed in open court.
Bennett was scheduled for trial Monday and other court records filed show the court had made arrangements for the proceedings to start such as proposed jury instructions.
Bennett at his arraignment had pleaded not guilty to a count of felon in possession of a weapon.
Bennett, of Garysburg, had previously been convicted of a crime but around June 28 of 2019 was reportedly in possession and used a weapon in a crime.
An Indictment against Bennett was returned in August and the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina said at the time he could face a maximum of 10 years in prison if convicted.