A man who pleaded guilty to avoid consideration of a death-penalty prosecution in the murder of a drug informant plans to appeal his sentence, according to court records.
Jimmy D. Benge was sentenced to 20 years in prison on July 13, but later filed notice of intent to appeal the sentence.
Benge had tried to withdraw his guilty plea, but U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar denied that request.
Benge was charged with heading a drug conspiracy in Clay County from September 2011 to October 2012 in which addicts went to out-of-state clinics to get prescriptions for pain pills and filled them to get pills to sell and abuse.
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Benge also was charged with taking part in killing Eli Marcum because of suspicion Marcum had given police information about the drug ring.
Gerald Lee "Jerry" Sizemore and Renus Vernon "Red" Delph were charged with Benge in the murder plot.
Sizemore was sentenced to 15 years and Delph to 10, court records show.