MANKATO (TEC News) -- An alleged member of the Family Mob gang has entered a guilty plea to two counts of 3rd Degree drug sales.
33-year-old Cedric Lamont Berry of Minneapolis was set to go to trial this morning in Blue Earth County District Court on a total of seven felony counts including Racketeering.
Judge Kurt Johnson accepted the plea and set a sentencing date of December 16th. Terms of the plea would set a cap of 44 months in prison. A pre-sentence investigator was order.
Potential jurors arrived at the courthouse this morning but were sent home upon news of a possible agreement in the year-long case.
Berry took the stand and under questioning by his attorney, Thomas Dunnwald, admitted to selling cocaine to an undercover informant twice on September 13th, 2010.
The Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force, over the course of one month, made numerous narcotic purchases from Berry and three other men out of a home a 322 East Mulberry Street in Mankato.
Multiple hearings over the past year have been tension filled, including a hearing last February where Judge Johnson threatened to throw Dunnwald out of the courtroom after an outburst.
Dunnwald left on his own and apologized to the judge during the next hearing.
During a June hearing both Dunnwald and prosecutor Chris Rovney continued their bickering, only to be called "idiots" by Judge Johnson.
After today's hearing, Rovney declined to go into specifics, but said he felt "the court forced our hand" in agreeing to the plea.
But Rovney added that end result is Berry is going to prison.