Suspect avoids trial by pleading guilty

Published 5:00 am Tuesday, July 15, 2003

A Jackson man’s trial here Monday was canceled when he chose tochange his plea.

Plas D. McAdory, 32, of 6748 Presidential Dr., pleaded guilty tothree counts of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and a singlecount of conspiracy to commit the crime of unlawful taking of amotor vehicle.

“There were a lot of circumstances leading up to him changinghis mind (and deciding not to take it to trial),” said Ross BarnettJr., McAdory’s attorney.

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The District Attorney’s office presented McAdory with theevidence against him prior to the trial and that preponderance ofevidence, combined with seeing a seated jury for the first time,had an influence on him, Barnett said. McAdory is a first timefelon.

“Sometimes they look at these good, God-fearing people on thejury, and if they know they’re guilty, they’ll plead,” said JudgeMike Smith, who was presiding over the trial.

Smith ordered a pre-sentencing investigation and asked the DA’soffice for a recommendation.

They recommended he receive five years in the custody of theMississippi Department of Corrections and serve four years. Theremaining year could be suspended for five years probation. Thealso recommended McAdory pay restitution to the automobile dealersand cover court costs. The recommendation was for each count.

Smith set a sentencing date of July 30.