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Two plea deals in Hampton drug case

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By The Staff

By CINDY SIMPSON

Roane Newspapers

Two codefendants of Daniel Glen Hampton — the Rhea County man charged with distributing narcotics and with first-degree murder in the death of his wife, Dorothy — are scheduled to change their innocent pleas to guilty.

Larry Eugene Hampton, Daniel Hampton’s uncle, was scheduled to be in court Tuesday after press time to change his plea, while Daniel Lee Go-ins is scheduled for Wednesday.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Hugh B. Ward would only confirm that these agreements had been reached.

He said both Larry Hampton and Goins were scheduled to plea guilty on the indictment’s first count, conspiracy to possess with intent to dis-tribute cocaine hydrochloride, cocaine base and Oxycontin.

Ward said the sentence is a minimum of 10 years and a possible maximum of life for Larry Hampton.

“The judge could sentence him anywhere in that range,” Ward said.

Larry Hampton was scheduled to appear before Judge Leon Jordan.

Goins, meanwhile, could serve less time for the same count.

Ward said he thinks Goins is looking at a statutory five to 40 years. He did not explain why.

When asked if either man is working with the Department of Justice following their change of plea, Ward would not comment.

“I wouldn’t want to talk about any of that,” Ward said.

Both Goins and Larry Hampton’s attorneys were not available for comment at press time.

The case came to a head after an extensive investigation into the activities of Daniel Glen Hampton when Rhea County

Deputies were called to his home on Aug. 18. Daniel Hampton said his wife, Dorothy, who has close ties to Harriman, had shot herself.

Police don’t buy that story.

Officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, which is the lead agency in the shooting death, have said the injury was not consistent with a self-inflicted injury.

Rhea County Criminal Court officials confirmed that Daniel Glen Hampton is still facing charges of first-degree murder in Rhea County for the death of his wife Dorothy.

No information about any future hearings was available at this time, however.

Daniel Glen Hampton’s attorney has filed motions to suppress wire tappings and statements made by his client on Aug. 18, stating Daniel Hamp-ton’s statements were violations of his Miranda rights.

In a Nov. 19 response, Ward said the defense has argued wire tapings from May, June and July were not necessary because normal investiga-tion methods were successful.

Ward said the prosecution is not required to prove every nonwiretapping method was exhausted.

According to the response, the May 17 affidavit told the court about Daniel Glen Hampton’s reputation as a member of the “Outlaws motorcycle gang, of his criminal history and propensity to use violence and threatened violence in order to intimidate witnesses to protect him from arrest and prosecution, and his elaborate counter-surveillance techniques, which prevented the possibility of corroboration of his criminal activity.”

The response adds that Daniel Hampton’s motion implies Dorothy Hampton was acting as an agent for the government to intercept his conversa-tions.

The prosecution, however, said that Dorothy Hampton had previously provided information regarding his behavior, but at the time of the wire in-terceptions, she was assisting him in his activities.

The response also details how the court was told that Hampton had intimidated informants — in at least one case assaulting an informant — in the past when he found out they had recorded purchases from him.

The prosecution says that Hampton used frequency detectors and a metal detector on customers when they entered his residence, preventing in-formants from making recorded buys.

In response to a motion saying officers conducted a warrantless search of his Spring City home, the prosecution states federal agents executed a search warrant at the home on Aug. 18.

The judge was told a .380-caliber pistol was found next to Dorothy Hampton and that Hampton made statements to investigators saying he had smoked marijuana and taken hydrocodone pills with Dorothy prior to the shooting and moved a crack pipe to a shed on the property.

He also told them about an AK-47 rifle in the trunk of a vehicle outside and a shotgun in the residence.

Based on this, “the magistrate judge determined that probable cause was present for the issuance of the search warrant,” the response said.