MT. VERNON – A 27-year-old Mt. Vernon man has withdrawn his motion to withdraw his open plea of guilty in Jefferson County court to a reduced charge in a methamphetamine conspiracy case.
Dewayne Moore was originally charged with a Class X Felony conspiring to obtain 15 to 100 grams of methamphetamine with two other subjects and deliver that meth to a confidential source of the Mt. Vernon Police Department.
That charge was reduced in December to a Class 1 felony and 11 Class 2 charges for delivery of less than 5-grams of meth were dismissed in exchange for Moore’s open plea.
A jury had already been selected for Moore’s trial on all 12 charges. However, just before opening statements were to be delivered Moore entered an open plea of guilty to a reduced charge, admitting that he conspired with two other men to obtain and deliver between 5 and 15 grams of meth to a confidential police source.
Moore had filed a motion in February to withdraw his guilty plea, which would have again put the case with the original 12 charges before a jury.
A Class 1 felony is generally punishable by between four and 15 years in prison but due to his criminal history, Moore is eligible for extended term sentencing of between four and 30 years in prison.
At the time of his open plea, Moore still had pending felony charges of manufacture with the intent to deliver 1 to 15 grams of cocaine, leaving the scene of an injury accident and obstructing justice.
Those charges were dismissed earlier this month when he was sentenced to four years in prison on a Class 4 felony charge of possessing a controlled substance. That sentence will run concurrent to any sentence eventually handed down in the conspiracy case.