Plea entered after attorney withdraws from case

McKenzy J. Arvie pled guilty to possession charges after his counsel of record, Jason Savoy, withdrew from his case Monday, June 30.

Arvie was being charged with distribution and was scheduled to go before a petit jury Monday morning. Savoy entered a motion before the 13th Judicial District Court Monday asking to withdraw from the case because his client had fired him Thursday, June 26.

In his motion, Savoy wrote, “On Thursday, June 26, 2008, McKenzy J. Arvie called and told Savoy “when can I file ineffective assistance of counsel against you?” Savoy continued he had performed a lot of work for Arvie, which he described, “having been a paradigm of diligent counsel and aggressive advocacy in his cases.”

Arvie was allowed to let his counsel go and defend himself. At that time, negotiations between the defendant and the state began for Arvie to enter a plea of guilty to the lesser charge of possession. District Attorney Brent Coreil said no guarantee for the sentence was given; this will be the judge’s decision.

After accepting Arvie’s plea, with the assistance of indigent defender Alex “Sonny” Chapman, a pre-sentence investigation was called and sentencing will be Thursday, September 4.

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