A Johnson man may plead guilty to charges connected to allegations he trafficked in hundreds of grams of methamphetamine.
Attorneys for Procter Wayne Pennington Sr., 65, of Flat Gap, filed a motion Tuesday asking for a rearraignment hearing to be set in connection with a case in which he has been charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine. In a rearraignment hearing, the defendant typically changes their plea from not guilty to guilty.
According to the indictment against Pennington, between October and April, he conspired with others to intentionally distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine.
Pennington is currently facing a trial date of Sept. 16 in Pikeville in the case. A rearraignment hearing had not been set as of presstime Tuesday.
Pennington, court documents show, was on supervised release in connection with a 2010 drug trafficking case at the time the alleged methamphetamine sales took place.
In the 2010 case, Pennington originally faced nine charges, including conspiracy to distribute oxycodone. Seven of those counts, including possession with intent to distribute oxycodone and actual distribution were dropped, and his final sentence was reduced in 2015 from 101 months to 87 months, with five years’ supervised release and fines and restitutions waived. U.S. Bureau of Prisons records show Pennington was released from federal custody in October, 2016.
The current case was a result of an investigation by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.