Hamilton man pleads guilty to charges stemming from marijuana-laced candy

2013-12-23T09:58:00Z 2013-12-23T23:55:07Z Hamilton man pleads guilty to charges stemming from marijuana-laced candyBy PERRY BACKUS Ravalli Republic The Billings Gazette
December 23, 2013 9:58 am  • 

HAMILTON – A little over a year and a half after his daughter was found handing marijuana-laced candy out on a school bus, Robert W. McCoy pleaded guilty last week to three drug charges in Ravalli County District Court.

In addition, McCoy, 40, of Hamilton, pleaded no contest to a felony criminal endangerment charge stemming from an arrest last August following a case of apparent road rage between he and another driver.

McCoy accepted the plea bargain agreement Wednesday that would require him to pay $5,000 to the Ravalli County Drug Fund and serve between 15 to 30 days in jail.

His sentencing date is set for March 5.

McCoy was one of four family members arrested after a girl was found distributing marijuana-laced candy on a school bus in May 2012.

McCoy and his wife, Andrea, were out of the country on vacation at the time.

A subsequent search of the couple’s home by Ravalli County detectives found more than twice the legal amount of marijuana allowed to a medical marijuana provider and a small amount of hashish.

Documents seized during the search indicated that Andrea McCoy’s sister, Karen Fisher, and her husband, Jeffery, were involved in a marijuana grow operation found at the home.

At the time, both Robert McCoy and Karen Fisher were Libertarian candidates for state legislative seats. Both lost the election.

Both Fishers and Andrea McCoy were found guilty of felony drug charges in separate jury trials.

Following her conviction, Andrea McCoy filed a motion that asked District Judge Jeffrey Langton to set the jury’s verdict aside. She claimed the jury did not have sufficient evidence to convict her on drug and endangering the welfare of children charges.

Langton ruled against Andrea McCoy on the same day that her husband offered his guilty pleas.

In a 24-page brief, Langton said there was sufficient evidence to support McCoy’s conviction and that her argument that it was based on nothing more than speculation was without merit.

As part of the plea bargain agreement, McCoy pleaded guilty to two felony drug charges for operating an illegal grow operation and possessing hashish. He also agreed to misdemeanor count of unlawful conduct by a cardholder.

The state dropped a felony and two misdemeanor counts.

McCoy’s case had been scheduled for trial in January.

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