Plea deal nears for Mount Jackson man
WOODSTOCK — Attorneys came close to finalizing a plea agreement Friday regarding a Mount Jackson man charged with the production and distribution of methamphetamine before a judge struck down the deal in Shenandoah County Circuit Court.
Dustin Lee Wilfong was charged in August following an incident that occurred in August 2015.
According to a proffer of the evidence provided by Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Kristen Zalenski, a fire broke out at Wilfong’s residence at 3778 Crooked Run Road in Mount Jackson on Aug. 7, 2015. The Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force investigated the fire and, along with Fire Marshal David Ferguson, obtained a search warrant for the premises.
During a search the next day, authorities found several methamphetamine precursors, including Drano, psuedoepehdrine and lithium, along with traces of two failed methamphetamine labs and burn barrels.
At the hearing, Wilfong’s attorney Richard Morgan and Zalenski submitted a plea agreement calling for Wilfong to serve three years and nine months. It also called to reduce the charge of manufacturing methamphetamine to manufacturing a Schedule-I or Schedule-II substance, a lower charge.
However, Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp said this reduction is inconsistent with the standing charge of the conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine charge. This discrepancy would throw off the standard sentencing guidelines, he said.
Despite the roadblock, both attorneys said they only need a few days to work on it. Hupp continued the matter until 10:30 a.m. Nov. 14 when a final plea deal will likely be submitted.
Along with Dustin Lee Wilfong, Harley Ann Wilfong and Samantha Paige Burner are scheduled to appear in the coming weeks in Circuit Court facing charges stemming from the same incident.
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