July 16 Trial Date Set In Brainerd Army Store Case, But It May Be Held Later

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

A July 16 trial date has been set in the case in which Tony and Terry Honeycutt, owners of the Brainerd Army Store, face federal charges of selling large amounts of ingredients allegedly used in meth production. The deadline for plea deals is July 2.

Tony Honeycutt appeared Tuesday before Federal Magistrate Court Judge Bill Carter.

Terry Honeycutt was in court Monday, and prosecutor Jay Woods said his attorney, Chris Townley, has asked for certain evidence that involves proprietary software.

He indicated working out that issue could delay the case.

Prosecutor Woods told Judge Sandy Mattice that the government has strong evidence in the case, saying that "massive surveillance" was conducted.

The government originally filed criminal informations in the case. Criminal informations are often brought when it is expected that a guilty plea settlement will be reached.

After the filing of the criminal informations, a hearing was set for a change of plea by Tony Honeycutt. However, Terry Honeycutt did not set such a hearing.

The Tony Honeycutt guilty plea did not go forward. His attorney, Steven Sadow, said at the time, "Because of the position of the co-defendant," Tony Honeycutt was not in a position to fulfill one of the requirements of the guilty plea - a "required pre-payment."

The government in the informations was seeking a $300,000 money judgment for the alleged profit on the meth materials from January 2008 to October 2010. The government was also seeking to confiscate the land and store at 5102 Brainerd Road.

The indictment lists the forfeiture amount as $269,751.98. It does not mention confiscating the land and store.

Authorities said earlier that the store was selling large amounts of Polar Ice, which contains a high amount of iodine - a key ingredient in the production of meth.

The Honeycutts remain free on bond. 


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