Medearis change of plea hearing

   Tyler M. Medearis came before the 16th Judicial District Court presiding Judge Nickolas C. Murnion to change his plea from not guilty to guilty May 27, 2016.

   Medearis has been charged with seven misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia. He plead guilty to Count #1 (syringe) and Count #2 (digital scale) which were found in his vehicle July 3, 2015. He has also been charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of Dangerous Drugs. He plead guilty to County #8, a misdemeanor; second offense (Ziploc bag of green leafy substance), and Count #9, a felony (Ziploc bag of methamphetamine).

   Medearis faces a maximum sentence on Counts #1 and 2 of up to six months in county jail and up to a $500 fine, or both. Count #8, a misdemeanor, carries a maximum sentence of up to six months in county jail and up to $500 fine, or both. On Count #9, a felony, Medearis faces a sentence of up to five years in the state penitentiary and up to a $50,000 fine, or both. Medearis will be sentenced August 2, 2016, at 11 a.m. He has been released on a $10,000 bond.