LEXINGTON, Ky. (EKB) — Eric C. Conn has filed a motion seeking rearraignment, signaling he may be ready to plead guilty to escape charges.
According to EKB, Conn filed the motion in order to change his pleas on the four counts with which he is charged. Those charges include escape, failure to appear and two counts of conspiracy.
Those charges came after Conn fled to Honduras after being sentenced for his role in a Social Security disability scam.
The motion does not specifically that he plans to plead guilty to the charges, but that is typically what happens during a rearraignment. The motion makes no mention of a more creative plea, such as an Alford or no contest plea, and says he plans to plead without the benefit of a plea agreement.
Conn was awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to theft and bribery last year when he went to Lexington to meet with prosecutors and his attorneys. After that meeting, he allegedly removed his GPS tracking device and disappeared.
He was recaptured six months later in Honduras.
Conn is currently scheduled to go on trial on the escape charges next month. He faces another trial related to a scheme to defraud Social Security in January.
Each charge carries a potential maximum sentence of five years in prison and $250,000 in fines. He will be back in court on May 25.
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