Herman Matthew Via
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
A Callaway man faces up to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday in Franklin County Circuit Court to one charge of distribution of cocaine on Nov. 29.
Herman Matthew Via, 71, had been charged with four counts of selling cocaine, but three of the charges were dismissed through a plea agreement.
The charges were the result of controlled buys organized by the sheriff's office, according to prosecutor Robert Deatherage.
A search warrant was executed on Nov. 30, 2012, and investigators seized evidence from Via's residence on Bethany Road, which included $2,875 in cash.
The plea agreement also calls for Via to make restitution of $900 to the sheriff's office for the money used to purchase the drugs. Also, Via's 2001 Jeep Cherokee was forfeited to the state because it was used for the drug transactions.
At the end of the hearing Monday, Circuit Court Judge W.N. Alexander II revoked Via's bond and sent him to jail until his sentencing hearing, which is set for Nov. 12 at 3 p.m. in circuit court.