2018-03-07 / Front Page

Judge accepts plea agreement for Huffer

By Debbie Lowe
Staff writer

Carroll County Circuit Court Judge Benjamin Diener accepted a proposed plea agreement for Teddy Huffer, a Burlington Town Council member, Monday afternoon. No restitution was requested by Prosecutor Nicholas McLeland. There were no victims present at the Monday hearing. The Court agreed to dismiss one felony count.

Huffer told Judge Diener he can comply with the terms of the agreement and was ordered to visit the county probation department after the hearing. Huffer will serve probation for 363 days.

Huffer was originally charged on Nov. 7, 2017, with two felony counts of intimidation. The charges stemmed from incidents at the Stout Funeral Home in Burlington. Huffer was arrested and posted a $1,000 cash bond.

A plea agreement was filed Feb. 22. Huffer, his de- fense counsel Patrick Manahan, and Prosecutor McLeland signed the agreement, which stated Huffer will plead guilty to one count of intimidation, as a Class A Misdemeanor.

Huffer agreed to submit to anger management (counseling), forfeit his right to own, possess and carry a firearm and have no further contact with Jeffrey Stout or Stout Funeral Home in Burlington. The agreement states Huffer understands that, by pleading guilty, he is giving up the right to a public and speedy trial by jury, the right to face and question all witnesses against him, the right to require witnesses (by compulsory process) to be present and to testify on his behalf, the right to require the State to prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at a trial in which he may not be forced to testify against himself and the right to appeal a finding of guilt if he had gone to trial. By agreement, Huffer also waives his right to appeal any sentence ordered by the court, including his right to seek appellate review. Huffer agrees to not appeal any issue pertaining to the length of his sentence, portion of his sentence executed and the method of sentence execution. The agreement continues to state Huffer understands and agrees a conviction for a crime may have other secondary effects, such as loss of Social Security, loss of pension payments, loss of Medicare, loss of veteran’s benefits, loss of the right to vote, loss of the right to serve as a juror and loss of the ability to hold public office.

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