Evans, Williams trial dates set with other defendants

Posted: Sunday, February 20, 2011

U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie Longenbaugh finished setting the trial dates in Juneau Federal Court on Friday for two of three defendants accused of illegal possession and distribution of oxycodone.

California residents Lorenzo Williams, 31, and Juneau resident Tessa Marie Evans, formerly Tessa Cox, 28, both pleaded not guilty to a charge of conspiracy with intent to distribute oxycodone.

According to Assistant United States Attorney Jack Schmidt, the charge carries a maximum 20 years in jail, a $1 million fine and three years supervised probation.

Evans signed a waiver of indictment, which aids those who can’t make bail and are jailed pending a legal action and wish to make a plea, or avoid going before a grand jury.

Williams and Evans join California resident Avis Bowdry, 19, on a pretrial hearing set for April 1 in Anchorage and an April 11 trial set in Juneau.

Williams and Bowdry signed waivers of indictment in court Feb. 10 and Bowdry pleaded not guilty at that time.

Williams and Bowdry are represented by Anchorage public defenders Adam Bartlett and Pam Sullivan respectively, and Evans was joined in court by Anchorage public defender Scott Dattan.

The three defendants were arrested on Jan. 24 as a 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 controlled delivery of the package and made the arrests.

Also arrested at the scene was Timothy Beagle under a felony warrant for being a felon in possession of a firearm and a forfeiture count. Beagle faces 10 years in jail, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release. Beagle also has the possibility of receiving a career criminal designation.

Beagle is represented by public defender Sue Ellen Tatter and has a two-day trial date set to begin March 30 in Juneau.

• Contact Klas Stolpe at 523-2263 or klas.stolpe@juneauempire.com.

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