On August 22, 2006, Randall Scott Ferguson of Lynchburg pled guilty to three counts of distributing methamphetamine. Ferguson initially entered a plea of not guilty to the charges and the case was heard by a jury. Following the testimony of Investigator Jeremie Childress of the Central Virginia Drug Task Force and a police informant, Ferguson asked the Court to change his pleas to guilty. Judge J. Leyburn Mosby accepted his pleas and found him guilty of three counts of distributing methamphetamine.
The Commonwealth’s evidence established that Ferguson sold methamphetamine to a police informant on October 22, November 10, and November 18, 2004. The transactions occurred on Wards Road, Mill Ridge Road, and Commerce Street, respectively. All three transactions were closely observed and recorded by law enforcement officers.
Ferguson was allowed to remain free on bond over the Commonwealth’s objection, and returns to court for sentencing on November 17, 2006. The sentence range for a first offense of distribution of methamphetamine is five to forty years, and five years to life for second and subsequent convictions, although the Court may suspend as much of that time as it sees fit. The punishment may also include a fine of up to $500,000.00 on each offense.
Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Jeff Bennett prosecuted the case for the Commonwealth.