A 900-pound Virginia man pleaded guilty in a cocaine conspiracy case from inside an ambulance during a hearing at the loading dock of a federal courthouse on Tuesday.
Kenneth Hicks, 48, from Emporia, pleaded guilty from a stretcher inside an ambulance that had been backed up to the loading zone of the U.S. Courthouse in downtown Richmond, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.
Novak had approved a plan to get Hicks to the courthouse in a way that protected his health, safety and dignity. During the hearing, his lawyer was in the ambulance with him, while the judge and a prosecutor sat at a table on the loading dock.
Hicks faces a minimum of five years up to a maximum of 40 years and a $5 million fine. Novak scheduled Hicks’ sentencing hearing for September.