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Charles Fritts' sentencing on federal drug trafficking charges continued


 Though the motion has been filed under seal, meaning it is not available to the public, a federal judge has granted the request to continue the sentencing of Charles Fritts, Jr. until March 28.

Fritts was scheduled to appear in court at 3:30 p.m. today (Feb. 16). The motion was filed Wednesday, though it is unclear whether it was prosecuting or defense attorneys who filed it.

U.S. District Court merely acknowledged the validity of the argument and scheduled the new sentencing date.

Charles Fritts, along with his brothers, Doyle Stanford "Stan-Boy" Fritts and Jerry Lee Fritts, his daughter Nikita Nichole Evans, her boyfriend James A. Meradith and Jason A. Kersey were six defendants named in a prescription drug trafficking indictment handed down by a federal grand jury in April 2011.

While the other defendants have pleaded guilty, Doyle and Jerry Lee Fritts are scheduled to go to trial Tuesday in U.S. District Court in London.

According to agents with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, confidential informants have purchased Oxycodone and Hydrocodone pills from the Fritts in Whitley County.

One witness reported seeing former Whitley County Sheriff Lawrence Hodge at Charles Fritts' home, stating that Hodge gave Charles Fritts a bottle of Oxycodone pills and asked him to sell them for him. 

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