published Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Brainerd Army Store employee's guilty plea delayed

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    Ringgold resident Tony Honeycutt at his Brainerd Army Store.
    Hannah Campbell

A Tuesday guilty plea hearing in federal court for one of two employees of the Brainerd Army Store charged with selling items to make methamphetamine was rescheduled for next month when attorneys couldn't agree on plea details.

Tony Dewayne Honeycutt, 49, faces a charge of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. Prosecutors allege in court documents that he and Terry Michael Honeycutt, brother and employee, sold meth-making materials from January 2008 until October 2010.

The hearing was rescheduled for Dec. 3.

Tony Honeycutt was scheduled to plead guilty, but last-minute discrepancies between his attorney, Steven Sadow, of Atlanta, and prosecutor Anne-Marie Svolto meant the plea agreement had to be delayed.

Prosecutors are seeking to have the Brainerd store forfeited to the government and the two men to pay $300,000. One of Honeycutt's conditions of the plea agreement was that he pay an undisclosed but agreed-upon amount the day he pleaded.

Sadow told U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan K. Lee that because of financial complications between the brothers his client couldn't pay the money immediately.

Chris Townley, of Rossville, who represents Terry Honeycutt, has said previously that his client intends to plead not guilty and go to trial.

The men are charged on what's called an information document and have not been indicted on the charges.

Contact staff writer Todd South at 423-757-6347 or tsouth@timesfreepress.com.

about Todd South...

Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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