Guilty plea in meth lab case

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A Dublin man facing federal drug charges has changed his plea to guilty, according to online court records. 

Jesse Dennis, 32, appeared at the U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire in Concord for a change of plea hearing on Monday at 2:30 p.m.

Dennis had previously pleaded not guilty to charges of attempt to methamphetamine and possession of materials to manufacture methamphetamine on April 25.

A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for June 27. 

The charges stem from a Jan. 13 incident where Dennis was arrested in the Walmart parking lot in Keene after driving into shopping carts which his truck, which was allegedly had all the materials to make methamphetamine inside. 

Dennis signed an acknowledgement and waiver of rights form on March 2, declaring his intent to plead guilty.

Dennis is facing a penalty of up to 20 years in prison and up to a $1 million fine for the attempt to manufacture charge and up t o 10 years and up to a $250,000 fine, according to the document. His will also face a supervised release of between three years and life. 

Dennis was once facing charges of DWI, driving after suspension, and attempted manufacture of controlled drugs at the state court level, but charges were dropped in May. 

A trial in the case had been scheduled for the two-week period beginning March 21. The trial was originally scheduled for June 21, 2016, but had been delayed four times as Dennis was trying to get into a drug treatment program, according to motions filed by his attorney, Federal Defender Jeffrey S. Levin. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.