07/31/09 — Two suspects take plea deals; one goes to trial

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Two suspects take plea deals; one goes to trial

By Nick Hiltunen
Published in News on July 31, 2009 1:46 PM

Two of the three people still on trial for alleged cocaine trafficking took plea deals with district attorneys on Thursday afternoon.

The trial will still proceed with the remaining person still on trial, Joe Nathan Spruill Jr., 32. Proceedings were expected to continue at 9:30 a.m. today.

Krystal Danielle Bryant, 24, was sentenced to 24 months supervised probation and a suspended 45-day sentence in a state Department of Correction facility.

She pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance. Other more serious charges, including possession of cocaine with intent to sell or deliver, were dismissed.

Matthew Jonas Spruill, 23, of Dollard Town Road, represented by attorney Robert Lane, also took a plea deal.

He pleaded guilty to two counts each of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled drug. A misdemeanor count of paraphernalia possession was dismissed.

Matthew Spruill will serve between 14 and 16 months in a state Department of Correction facility for the trafficking-related offenses, and will serve 24 months of supervised probation after his prison term, court records show.

The district attorney's office chose not to pursue charges at this time against Joe Nathan Spruill Sr., who was 60 at the time of his arrest. A court official recording the case said she was not sure of the status of the charge.

Antonio Makee Spruill, 25, was sentenced to 21 months in prison in June on a primary charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in a February 2008 arrest.

Attorney Charles C. Gurley will represent Joe Nathan Spruill Jr.