Man granted pretrial diversion for meth possession

Richard B. Plunkett Jr.

A Somerset man pleading guilty to drug possession has been granted a pretrial diversion in order to get treatment and avoid a felony record.

Richard Byron Plunkett Jr., 31, pleaded guilty Thursday morning in Pulaski Circuit Court to one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Offense (Methamphetamine).

The charge stemmed from a July 24 arrest that occurred, according to the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office, after Plunkett attempted to conceal a baggie containing a white substance determined to be methamphetamine while he was walking on West Ky. 80 at Wilderness Road and stopped by authorities.

A plea agreement was reached through the Rocket Docket, a program which bypasses the grand jury process for qualifying cases. In exchange for Plunkett's plea, the commonwealth recommended a two-year pretrial diversion and drug treatment. If Plunkett can stay out of legal trouble for two years, the possession charge would be expunged from his record.

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