DECATUR — Bradley D. Perkins was set to take a plea agreement Monday in a major Decatur drug case, but the deal was suddenly off when he found out how long he would have to serve.
Perkins, 44, appeared in Macon County Circuit Court ready to accept a 10-year prison sentence, negotiated by his public defender, Scott Rueter, that Perkins apparently assumed would be subject to normal day-for-day credit, halving the time he would actually serve.
But then it emerged in court proceedings that “Truth in Sentencing” laws required his plea to a single count of unlawful possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver be served at 75 percent. That works out at a 7½ year prison sentence.
“I think your situation is you may not have been aware this is a 75 percent sentence based on truth-in-sentencing,” Judge Jeffrey Geisler told Perkins. “Based on that, there is not going to be a disposition (of your case) today.”
Perkins was arrested Jan. 22 after Decatur police raided his Decatur hotel room. A sworn affidavit said he had just received a shipment of just under a half pound of Xanax pills and was also in possession of 6 ounces of meth and half an ounce of powdered cocaine. Police said they seized digital scales and boxes of plastic baggies associated with illegal drug distribution.
He had also been caught with more than $35,000 in cash and the now-rejected plea deal would have seen him forfeit all of the money except for $500, which was to be given to Perkins' 72-year-old father for reasons not specified in court.
Perkins remained in Macon County Jail on Monday night in lieu of $500,000 bond, and Geisler scheduled a new pretrial hearing on his case for Oct. 1.