U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie Longenbaugh set trial dates in Juneau Federal Court Thursday for three defendants accused of illegal possession and distribution of oxycodone.
California residents Lorenzo Williams, 31, and Avis Bowdry, 19, represented telephonically by Anchorage public defenders Adam Bartlett and Pam Sullivan respectively, received a trial date of April 11 at 9 a.m. in Juneau with a pretrial hearing in Anchorage April 1, at 8:30 a.m. All parties are required to meet Feb. 15 and all pretrial motions are to be filed by February 28.
Juneau resident Tessa Cox, 28, represented by Scott Dattan of Anchorage, was expected to have her trial date set in court on Friday.
Defendants Williams and Bowdry, the attorneys and Longenbaugh signed a waiver of indictment. According to Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, the opportunity to waive indictment and to consent to prosecution is a substantial aid to some defendants. That especially aids those who can’t make bail and are jailed pending a legal action and wish to make a plea, or are offered a better plea by the prosecution so it isn’t in their best interest to go before a Grand Jury — which could find additional charges.
Bowdry entered a not guilty plea. Williams is expected to enter a plea on Friday.
Bartlett expressed concerns to the court that his client, Williams, has not had adequate access to a phone while at Lemon Creek Correctional Center and that faxed messages sent to his client arrived days late.
The court said it would file an order for the Marshall’s service to take to the detention facility addressing the issue.
Federal prosecutor Jack Schmidt was granted his motion to have the defendants remain incarcerated citing a concern of failure to appear and a potential danger to the public. Defense attorneys did not protest the motion.
Williams, Bowdry, and Cox face charges of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, the pain medication OxyContin. The maximum prison term is 20 years, a $1 million fine, and a minimum three years supervised probation if convicted.
The defendant’s arrests on Jan. 24 were the result of a joint drug task force operation between the Juneau Police Department, Southeast Alaska Cities Against Drugs and the FBI after the JPD Drug Enforcement Unit intercepted a suspicious package. The agencies allowed a package controlled delivery and made the arrests.
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