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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 ( 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.


Information from: The Roanoke Times,

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