MONTICELLO -- Stevie Dishman, 29, of Monticello, avoided jury trial and entered a plea of guilty to multiple counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance in Wayne Circuit Court on January 11, according to Matthew B. Leveridge, Commonwealth's Attorney for Wayne and Russell Counties.
According to UNITE Prosecutor David L. Dalton, joint investigations by
Operation UNITE, the Monticello Police Department, and the LCADTF resultedin 6 counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substances with offense dates from April 7, 2005 through August 9, 2006.
Dalton said Dishman sold OxyContin to informants at a variety of locations in Wayne County during the 16-month period of the investigation.
Dishman's cases were set for jury trial on January 11 before Wayne Circuit Judge Vernon Miniard but chose to avoid jury trial by pleading guilty to all counts of all charges.
Dalton stated he would recommend a sentence of 10 years imprisonment for Dishman¹s trafficking offenses. Miniard remanded Dishman into custody to await final sentencing set for February 20.
Leveridge thanked Operation UNITE, LCADTF and the Monticello Police Department for their work in this case.