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A 900-pound Virginia man pleaded guilty in a cocaine conspiracy case from the inside of an ambulance during a hearing of the loading and unloading of a federal court on Tuesday.
Kenneth Hicks, 48, of Emporia, pleaded guilty to a stretcher in an ambulance that had backed up to the loading zone of the U. S. Courthouse in the center of Richmond, Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.
During the hearing, Magistrate Judge David Novak noted how the court had gone through “a number of special procedures” to deal with Hicks’ health and “protect his dignity.”
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Earlier, Novak had agreed to an unusual plan to rescue Hicks to the court in a way that the protection of health, safety and dignity. The comprehensive plan involved the possibility of cutting a hole in the wall of Hicks’ stay in order to lift him.
Kenneth Hicks, 48, of Emporia, Va., pleaded guilty in a cocaine conspiracy charges on Tuesday. The seat had to be in the loading and unloading of the U. S. Courthouse in Richmond and Hicks made his plea of an ambulance that had backed up to the loading zone.
“The FBI and the U. S. Marshals may determine that it is necessary to open a large hole in the wall of the structure in order to facilitate the use of a device that is capable of lifting the defendant’s weight,” the request, which was approved by the judge said.
“This procedure may also require the removal of the slope in the vicinity of his door, and trees on the site. This procedure may require the support of the floor and the removal of parts of the structure of the ceilings,” the request continued. “All steps will be taken to minimize damage and the protection of the defendant.”
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Hicks-who allegedly can not dress himself or walk, was supposed to appear in court last week, but after he was removed from his home he had to be transferred to a hospital. He told the court that he was treated for injuries to his back and was receiving insulin.
During the hearing, his lawyer was in the ambulance with him, the Times-Dispatch reported, while Magistrate Judge David Novak, and a prosecutor was sitting at a table on the loading dock.
Hicks pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute, which took place from 2013 to 2017. The conspiracy involved 18 people, according to the Times-Dispatch, who are charged in three indictments.
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Hicks faces a minimum of five years, up to a maximum of 40 years and a $5 million fine, the outlet reported. Novak planned Hicks’ sentencing hearing for September.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.