32-year-old Nicholas Edwards changed his plea to Guilty on three different counts Wednesday in 4th Judicial District Court. Back on July 13th, Edwards' attorney, Joelle Hadley-Day, had told Judge John Fenn that they were awaiting the findings from a substance abuse evaluation before finalizing a plea agreement with the state.
On August 10th, attorney for the State, Deputy County Attorney Darci Arsene told the judge that a plea agreement had been reached. Edwards then changed his plea to “Guilty” on three counts:
Count 1 – Delivery of a Controlled Substance – Marijuana; Count 2 – Conspiracy to Deliver a Controlled Substance – Marijuana; and Count 3 – Felony Child Endangerment. The judge accepted the terms of the plea agreement and then issued the following sentence to Edwards:
On Count 1, Edwards received 4 to 6 years in prison, suspended, with a split sentence at the DOC not to exceed 150 days. He has, on this crime, already served 82 days. Also on Count 1, as soon as a bed becomes available, Edwards is to enter into Inpatient Residence Treatment at the VOA.
On Count 2, Edwards received 4 to 6 years in prison, suspended, with 5 years supervised probation, which will run consecutively to Count 1.
And on Count 3, Edwards received 2 to 4 years in prison, suspended, to run concurrently to Count 1. He is also to pay various court costs and attorney fees.
The charges stem from Edwards and his wife, Jennifer, allegedly possessing and distributing marijuana and using methamphetamine while their 11-year-old son was in the house. Jennifer Edwards plead guilty, per a plea agreement, last month and is awaiting sentencing.
Judge Fenn closed the proceedings, saying to Edwards, “Your case is a textbook case of how drug use can spiral out of control and ruin your life. You've been afforded an opportunity to get help and the court wishes you luck. But it's up to you, or you may find yourself facing prison time.”