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Wirtz man pleads guilty to illegal alcohol charges

Wednesday - 11/28/2012, 11:25am  ET

ROCKY MOUNT, Va. - A Wirtz man will be sentenced in January on illegal alcohol and weapons charges stemming from a raid of his home.

Lester Ray Hodge pleaded guilty Tuesday in Franklin County Circuit Court to illegal manufacture of alcohol and possession of a sawed-off shotgun. Sentencing is set for Jan. 3.

The Roanoke Times ( http://bit.ly/V2INzU) reports that Commonwealth's Attorney Tim Allen agreed not to prosecute two related charges in exchange for the 44-year-old Hodge's plea.

Also, Hodge's wife, Michelle Lynn Hodge, won't be prosecuted on a weapons charge.

Agents from the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control raided the couple's home on June 25. Allen says the agents found more than 13 gallons of untaxed liquor.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com


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