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Plea agreement reached in possession, conditions violation case

Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A Juneau man facing charges relating to cocaine possession and violating conditions of his release pleaded guilty to a pair of charges in Judge Patricia Collins’ Juneau Superior courtroom Tuesday.

Samuel Burrous pleaded guilty to fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance (MICS), a class ‘C’ felony, as part of an agreement with the district attorney’s office. He also agreed to plead guilty to violating conditions of his release for being out of the sight and sound of his third-party custodian, his mother Debra. Charges against her for violation of custodial duty will be dropped as a result of the agreement.

Burrous’ presumptive sentence for MICS is four years, with two suspended, along with three years of supervised probation following his release. He will also be required to complete a substance abuse program. Burrous will also serve 60 days for violating the conditions of his release.

The initial charges resulting in Burrous’ Jan. 9 arrest came as a result of a tip to authorities of a possible probation violation by Burrous. The Juneau Police Department executed a search warrant at the Crow Hill residence where Burrous was staying with his mother.

JPD discovered Burrous gone and drugs and drug paraphernalia in his room, including heroin, prescription drugs crushed and ready for injection and hypodermic needles. The needles appeared to have been used and a spoon was laced with a white powder that tested positive for cocaine.

Sentencing is set for April 6.

Burrous seemed relieved to have the charges against him largely resolved when he spoke to the Empire after his Tuesday court appearance.

“This feels positive,” Burrous said. “This feels good. It is a first step.”

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



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