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5/10/2013 5:10:00 AM
Accused drug dealer changes guilty plea

Kevin Caufield
NewsTribune Reporter

OTTAWA — It doesn’t happen often, but a man who had pleaded guilty to selling narcotics was given an opportunity to change his plea to not guilty.
Darryl Stuggis, 33, appeared before Judge Cynthia M. Raccuglia Thursday and entered his new plea after the circumstances of his charges abruptly changed last week in front of the bench.
Last week, Stuggis was about to plead guilty to possession of cannabis and cocaine seized during an April 2012 raid conducted by La Salle police and Tri-County Drug Enforcement Narcotics Team.
He faced 4-15 years though prosecutors agreed to recommend no more than 10. However, he was told he’d been given the wrong sentencing range just before he was about to deliver his statement in allocution.
Prosecutors realized Stuggis had a prior felony conviction making him eligible for a Class X sentencing range carrying 6-30 years without probation.
With the increased sentencing range in place, Stuggis opted to change his plea to not guilty for the incident.

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