In an uncommon move, two men accused of taking pills into Frankfort from Detroit pleaded guilty during their arraignments in Franklin Circuit Court Friday.
Lonnell Boyd, 36, of Detroit, and Brandon Wright, 23, of Detroit, were scheduled for arraignments when they entered guilty pleas.
Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate said during court that it might be the first time he’s seen guilty pleas entered at such an early stage in the process.
Boyd pleaded guilty to first-degree trafficking in a more than 10 doses of oxycodone, third-degree trafficking in Xanax and second-degree trafficking in hydrocodone.
Wright pleaded guilty to first-degree trafficking in heroin.
Both will remain in custody at Franklin County Regional Jail until sentencing on Nov. 9.
Boyd faces up to 10 years incarcerated, and Wright faces up to seven years.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland took no position on probation for both cases.
“When you’re a had lad, it’s all bad, so you got to cut the best deal you can with the Commonwealth,” Cleveland said after court.
Jason Cook, 28, of Frankfort, who is also allegedly involved with Boyd and Wright, pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree trafficking in less than 10 doses of oxycodone, first-degree trafficking in more than 10 doses of oxycodone, third-degree trafficking in Xanax, possession of marijuana and buying or possessing drug paraphernalia.
Cleveland said Boyd and Wright came to Frankfort from Detroit on a quick trip to sell drugs.
He said traffickers will often stay with someone they know in Frankfort or find an abandoned apartment and leave once they’re out of drugs.
Former Franklin County High School and Kentucky State University football player Anthony “Roni” Robinson was also in court on Friday.
He pleaded not guilty to first-degree fleeing or evading police, speeding 26 mph over the limit, reckless driving, second-degree disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.
Cleveland said Robinson pulled up to a drug deal that was supposed to happen and took off once he saw Franklin County sheriff’s deputies there.
During the chase on Owenton Road, deputies reached speeds of 110 mph.
Robinson is known for his athletic career in football and basketball for FCHS. After graduating in 1997, he was convicted of armed robbery in Montgomery County in 1998 and spent 50 months in prison.
After being released, Robinson enrolled at KSU and joined the football team in 2003 after six years away from competitive football. During his senior year, he averaged 101 yards per game and 5.5 yards per carry as a running back.
In other action in court on Friday:
> Michael Raisor, 38, of Frankfort, was sentenced to five years probation for theft of property valued at $500 or more and being a second-degree persistent felon.
Raisor pleaded guilty in August for stealing a Kentucky Employees Credit Union ATM and the cash inside in June 2011.
He faced 11 years in prison.
Raisor, along with two other men, used a backhoe they stole from a construction site on East Main Street to lift the ATM from a Reilly Road parking lot June 18, 2011, court records say.
According to court records, the ATM was valued at more than $54,000, including the nearly $31,000 in cash inside.
> Scott Johnson, 70, of Frankfort, pleaded not guilty to use of a social network by a sex offender and two counts of distribution of a matter portraying sexual performance by a minor.
During a routine check of registered sex offenders, deputies asked Johnson if he used Facebook on his computer and he allegedly said yes. After searching the computer, photos and videos of child pornography were found.
nHerman May, 41, of Frankfort, pleaded not guilty to second-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools, fleeing or evading police, possession of marijuana and alcohol intoxication.
May was allegedly caught leaving the scene of a burglary with scissors, a flashlight, a bandana over his face and socks on his hands.
> Chad Whitson, 42, of Frankfort, pleaded not guilty to first-degree burglary and fourth-degree domestic assault.
Wingate lowered Whitson’s bond from $10,000 to $5,000 cash, but said if Whitson makes bond, he can’t have contact with George White, the owner of the house he allegedly broke into.
Whitson’s wife, the alleged victim in the domestic assault case, was in court and told Wingate she wanted her husband out of jail. Wingate will allow contact if Whitson posts bail.
> Stephen Harris, 55, pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal mischief and second-degree criminal trespass.
In June 2011, Harris broke the front glass door of Farmers Bank on West Main Street and then called 911 to report what he had done.
When police arrived, Harris told them he wanted to go back to jail or he would commit more crimes, according to court documents.
Harris faces up to five years incarcerated and will be sentenced on Nov. 9.
nWilliam Cummins, 27, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, failure to maintain liability insurance and one headlight.
Wingate agreed to release him from jail on Friday until his sentencing date on Nov. 30. Cummins faces up to five years in jail.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Zach Becker took no position on probation.
> Victor Smith, 33, was sentenced to five years probation for theft, criminal possession of a forged instrument, misuse of electronic information and exploiting an adult out of more than $300.
Smith pleaded guilty in August and faced up to 20 years in prison.
He was indicted in January for stealing a debit card from his uncle to get cash and buy drugs.