Jay man pleads guilty to drug, gun charges

Posted June 15, 2013, at 5:56 a.m.

FARMINGTON, Maine — A Jay man pleaded guilty Friday in Franklin County Superior Court to trafficking in oxycodone and illegal possession of a handgun.

Frank J. Williams, 48, of Jay pleaded guilty to felony charges of unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs and illegal possession of a firearm. He also admitted to the criminal forfeiture of property.

The plea deal provides for the lesser drug charge and the dismissal of a charge of operating without a license.

A conviction on the felony drug charge carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.

Justice Michaela Murphy accepted Williams’ pleas and found him guilty.

Assistant Attorney General David Fisher said if the case went to trial, the court would hear testimony that Jay police received information on Williams and that they knew he was driving without a license.

Police stopped the vehicle, searched it and found 68 oxycodone in a hidden container, Fisher said. When they searched his home, they found 52 more oxycodone pills, he said. They also searched a safe and found $2,000 cash, a piece of paper with names and figures on it and a handgun, he said.

The recommendation is that Williams serve 18 months of a six-year sentence to the Department of Corrections on the drug charge, Fisher said. The recommendation is that he also serve three years of probation after he is released from prison. He would be ordered to pay a $400 fine.

There is also a recommendation of 18 months on the firearm charge that would be served at the same time as the drug sentence, Fisher said. Williams would forfeit $2,000 in cash that was discovered in a safe at his home on Hermit Trail, next to a list of names and numbers related to the drug charge, Fisher said.

A sentencing hearing is set for July 26. Williams is fully employed and has told his employers about the sentence, defense attorney Kevin Joyce said. Williams is in the process of training others to do his job. He wants to leave work on good terms in hopes of getting rehired when he is released from jail, Joyce said.

 

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