Monday, August 12, 2013
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
A Ferrum man faces up to 20 years in prison after he pleaded guilty Thursday in Franklin County Circuit Court to two drug charges.
Robert Eugene Maxie, 47, pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine and accommodating the distribution of methamphetamine.
Through a plea agreement, an original charge of distribution of methamphetamine was reduced to the accommodation charge, a lesser felony.
The possession charge stemmed from a traffic stop on Feb. 14 in which Maxie was found to have 0.25 grams of methamphetamine, while the distribution charge was the result of a drug buy arranged by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office on July 20, 2012, according to Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Cooper Brown. Maxie delivered 3.06 grams of methamphetamine to a third party for $305.
The commonwealth agreed to reduce the distribution charge to accommodation because Maxie was just the carrier for someone else, Brown said.
Judge Stacey Moreau set a sentencing date of Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. in circuit court.
Maxie was allowed to remain free on bond until his sentencing hearing.