A Glasgow man convicted last month of trafficking cocaine was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment Monday in Barren Circuit Court.
At the conclusion of a one-day trial on Oct. 18, a Barren County jury found Dennis James Trigg, 55, guilty of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second or greater offense (greater than or equal to 4 grams cocaine) and buying or possessing drug paraphernalia. The jury acquitted him on a count of second-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense.
Circuit Judge Phil Patton went with the jury’s recommended penalty and sentenced Trigg to 20 years on the trafficking charge and a fine of $500 for the paraphernalia charge.
Trigg told Patton, “I feel like all the evidence in the case was not presented,” and he requested Patton assign him a Department of Public Advocacy attorney to represent him on appeal.
DPA defense attorney Greg Berry was in the courtroom, heard the request and told Patton he would go ahead and prepare the necessary paperwork to have the case transferred.
After the proceeding, Attorney Ken Garrett, who had represented Trigg during the trial said in response to Trigg’s comment: “We presented what he wished us to present.”
In response to a question about why Trigg would request a different attorney now, Garrett would only say, “He had not retained me to represent him on appeal.”
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