RICHMOND — Federal law enforcement officials and emergency medical service officials completed a challenging task on May 13 when they removed 900-pound Kenneth T.Hicks from an attachment to his mobile home in an effort to transport him to federal court in Richmond to enter a guilty plea later that afternoon. The removal of Hicks from the property was successful, but the suspect was transported to a medical facility for treatment.
The hearing was delayed eight days. From an ambulance backed to a loading dock of the U.S. District Courthouse Tuesday, Hicks entered a guilty plea, before federal judge David Novak, to participating in a cocaine distribution conspiracy that according to court documents covered a timeframe from 2013 to 2017. Hicks was reportedly visible to only the judge and the prosecutor, but Hicks was not visible to others who were only able to hear the testimony.
The indictment charged seven people in the conspiracy, but 18 suspects were charged overall in three separate indictments. Devon Radarius Powell led the conspiracy and was sentenced to 30 years of prison in December.
Hicks’ faces anywhere from five to 40 years in prison when he is sentenced Sept. 4.