A clear message was sent earlier this month to Michael Williams when his co-defendant Lyle Schoolfield was convicted on six out of seven drug charges.
Those convictions prompted Williams and his attorney Michael Svetlic to initiate a plea agreement before his bench trial on Friday afternoon. Williams was scheduled to go on trial today.
Williams pled guilty to two felony counts of selling methamphetamines to a confidential informant and one felony count of possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to distribute. Four other charges were dropped in exchange for the agreement. Williams waived his right to a sentencing assessment.
As part of the agreement, Williams was sentenced to 10 years in prison on each count of selling methamphetamines. He also received a five-year sentence for the paraphernalia charge. The first two counts will run concurrently with each other. Williams could spend up to 15 years in prison.
“Mr. Williams I think saw the writing on the wall and took some good advice from his attorney and we were able to work it out,” said Assistant Prosecutor Bryan McMahon.
Schoolfield also worked out an agreement with prosecutors. Associate Circuit Court Judge Kevin Walden had put off Schoofield’s sentencing until Jan. 30, 2009. As part of the agreement Schoolfield will receive up to 12 years in prison.
A third co-defendant, Vanessa Whelchel is out on bond still awaiting trial.
During Schoolfield’s trial, the prosecution presented some damaging evidence in the form of an informant that participated in two controlled buys of methamphetamines while Ray County Deputies observed.
Prosecutors had no comment on whether or not a deal would be worked out with Whelchel.