By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer
A man who was set to plead guilty Thursday in connection with a June shooting instead was released to federal custody to face crack cocaine trafficking charges.
Eldon Lamar Washington, 26, appeared last week in Madison Circuit Court, and Commonwealth’s Attorney David Smith said the U.S. district attorney in Lexington had requested Washington be turned over to federal custody.
Washington and another person, Jessica Faye Chasteen, 31, were indicted Jan. 10 in U.S. District Court on two charges of distributing crack cocaine.
Chasteen entered into a plea agreement March 28, and one of the charges was dropped against her.
Chasteen admitted that on Oct. 20, 2010, she helped arrange a drug deal in Richmond, according to court documents. An informant working for the RPD and the Bureau of Arms, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives contacted her, seeking to buy crack.
Chasteen set up the drug deal with Washington, and he allegedly sold the crack to the informant for $1,250. During the arrangements, Chasteen told the purchaser she needed the money to pay her child support, according to court documents.
Chasteen, who currently is free awaiting sentencing, faces a maximum of 20 years in prison. Her sentencing is set for 9:30 a.m. July 25.
Washington’s arraignment is scheduled for 1 p.m. today in U.S. District Court in Lexington.
Washington’s charges in last summer’s shooting will have to wait until the resolution of his federal drug case, the commonwealth’s attorney said.
In the early morning hours of June 24, police responded to a call about gunshots fired in the 700 block of Sizemore Drive
When they arrived at the apartment, the officers found a 22-year-old woman who had been shot. The woman survived the injury.
A female resident of the apartment told police someone had tried to kick in her front door but was unable to get it open, according to the RPD report. The man broke out the front window and fired into the home, she told police.
Washington surrendered to police July 3 and was indicted on charges of first-degree assault, first-degree burglary, convicted felon in possession of a handgun, three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and tampering with physical evidence.
If convicted of all the charges, Washington’s maximum sentence is 70 years. Smith said Washington had been offered a plea deal that would have him serving a 10-year sentence.
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