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Wausau attorney pleads no contest in drug case

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – A Wausau attorney pleads no contest today to charges he helped hide marijuana and paraphernalia for a client.

Ronald Moore was found guilty of one count of possession of THC and one count of possession of paraphernalia. Moore was ordered to pay full restitution and fines for both cases which comes to $3,439.

Special prosecutor Donald Latorraca from the Department of Justice argued that Moore should spend the full 6 months in jail for the crime owing to the nature of the offense. “Mr. Moore asked a juvenile client out on bond to obtain a controlled substance. It raises concerns for the defendant’s judgment.” Defense attorney James Connell pointed to the fact that Moore was an upstanding member of the community, and only has one prior minor criminal conviction in his record. He argued for a fine.

Judge Patrick O’Melia agreed with both sides, partially. He said, however, that he could not discount the fact that Moore was an attorney. “We likely would not even be here if not for your position, Mr. Moore.” O’Melia told Moore that any jail time that he could sentence would be a waste of both resources, and not offer any deterrence to prevent the crime from happening again. “Anything I can do to you will not trump what the Office of Lawyer Regulation will be doing to you.”

 

Find the criminal complaint here: http://www.doj.state.wi.us/news/files/Moore_summons_complaint.pdf

The DoJ's Factual Basis for Plea is here: http://www.doj.state.wi.us/news/files/plea_factual_basis.pdf

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