A 900-pound Virginia man pleaded guilty to a cocaine conspiracy case in an ambulance during a hearing at a federal court loading ramp on Tuesday.
Kenneth Hicks, 48, of Emporia, pleaded guilty to a stretcher During the hearing, Judge David Novak noted how the court had gone through "some extraordinary procedures" dealing with Hicks' health problems and his Would protect ".
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Previously, Novak had approved an unusual plan to bring Hicks to the courthouse in a manner that protected his health, safety and dignity. The elaborated plan envisaged the possibility of cutting a hole in the wall of Hicks' apartment to get it out.
"The FBI and US marshals may decide that a large hole must be opened in the wall of the structure to facilitate the use of a device that can lift the weight of the defendant . " Request approved by the judge said.
"This procedure may also require the removal of the ramp near his door and the trees on the property. This procedure may require stiffening the floor and removing parts of the ceiling structure, "the request continues. "All steps are taken to minimize the damage and protect the property of the defendant."
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Hicks – who can not pretend not to dress or walk – was scheduled to appear in court last week, but after being taken away from home He had to be taken to a hospital. He told the court that he was being treated for back injuries and was receiving insulin.
During the hearing, his lawyer was in the ambulance with him, the Times Dispatch reported, while Judge David Novak and a prosecutor were present a table on the loading dock.
Hicks pleaded guilty to a plot for conspiracy to distribute and owned with the intent to distribute, which took place from 2013 to 2017. According to Times-Dispatch, 18 people were involved in the conspiracy, and three were prosecuted.
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Hicks faces a fine of at least five years to a maximum of 40 years and a fine of $ 5 million. Novak has scheduled a Hicks & # 39; conviction hearing for September.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.