LIVINGSTON COUNTY – A young man wants to return to his birth country of Gualemala as soon as possible after pleading guilty to Attempted Promotion of Prison Contraband in the First Degree on Thursday, for sneaking Buprenorphine into Groveland Correctional Facility in January.
Edgar Sanches, 25, was at first very hesitant to take the plea, as his attorney Zach Maurer explained that he recently lost a family member and did not feel able to enter a plea on Thursday, but understands that the offer may not be on the table later.
“Mr. Sanches is not wanting to reject the offer,” said Sanches’ attorney Zach Maurer, “Only additional time to think it through before a final decision.”
County Judge Dennis Cohen said that the District Attorney’s office made this offer more than a month ago, and the court is not inclined to adjourn again for additional time. The court allowed Sanches and Maurer to leave the room and discuss the matter further, and the case was recalled later.
Upon his return to the defense table, Sanches pled guilty to the contraband charge.
Maurer added that Sanches is not a U.S. citizen and the plea will likely affect his immigration status. Sanches says he wants to return to Guatemala as soon as possible.
A Pre-Sentence Investigation is currently underway, and Sanches is set to be sentenced on March 16.
Sanches is currently serving prison time for Attempted Robbery in the First Degree and weapons possession charges.
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