A 59-year-old St. Germain man who once faced a negligent homicide charge along with a number of drug charges formally entered a not guilty plea at his arraignment Nov. 18.
Bradley F. Noble was charged Aug. 14 with first degree negligent homicide, two counts of possession of narcotic drugs, possession with intent to deliver narcotic drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia following a traffic stop two days earlier. The criminal complaint alleges that when sheriff’s deputies searched the car Noble was driving they allegedly found sizable quantities of heroin and fentanyl, cocaine, oxycodone, a digital scale and numerous items that showed they had been used for the consumption of various drugs.
Noble was pulled over because an Oneida County Sheriff’s deputy recognized him, ran a check and discovered his driving privileges were suspended and he had an active arrest warrant out of Vilas County.
The negligent homicide charge was dismissed when ADA Jillian Pfeifer filed an amended complaint Oct. 31 just ahead of Noble’s preliminary hearing. In place of the original charge, a charge of manufacturer or delivery of heroin <3 grams was added.
At his preliminary hearing, Noble’s court appointed attorneys Jessica Phelps and Katena Roberts-Turner said their client was waiving his right to a preliminary hearing. Judge Patrick O’Melia ruled that based on what was in the amended complaint, there was enough probable cause Noble may have committed a felony and bound him over for further proceedings.
Pfeifer requested a separate date for an arraignment, which O’Melia set for Nov. 18.
That hearing lasted two minutes, and O’Melia set a pre-trial conference for Jan. 7.
If convicted on all counts and O’Melia structures his sentence to run consecutively, Nobel faces up to 34 1/2 years in prison.
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