Thomas Dennis, age 60 was in Accomack County Circuit Court on Thursday facing a distribution of cocaine charge. When Dennis’s case was called it was announced that he had reached a plea agreement to plead guilty to possession in exchange for the charge being reduced from the distribution of cocaine.
This offense occurred on February 12, 2016 when the Eastern Shore Drug Task Force when a confidential informant called the defendant and arranged $100 buy. The defendant and the confidential informant were close friends and according to proffered evidence the defendant felt he was doing his friend a favor when met the distributor and then returned to his home giving the drugs to his friend. Defense attorney Tucker Watson told the court that the defendant did have a record but most of it 25 to 30 years ago and he believed that in Virginia this defendant would qualify as a first offender since he had no record in Virginia. The Commonwealth attorney Elizabeth Wolf confirmed to Judge Lewis that as far as could be determined Watson was correct.
Judge Lewis accepted the guilty plea for possession of cocaine sentencing the defendant to probation for one year explaining to him he must be drug and alcohol-free for the one year plus complete 100 hours of community service, and if this probation was completed successfully then this charge would be erased from his record. Lewis then continued the case until November 30, 2018.