A day after his wife and sister pleaded guilty to federal drug charges, a 36-year-old Baker man did the same Tuesday.
John “Wu” McKneely pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson to one count of conspiracy to distribute hydrocodone and oxycodone, and another count of possession with intent to distribute hydrocodone.
McKneely’s attorney, Marci Blaize, said he faces up to 20 years in prison on the conspiracy count and up to 10 years on the other count.
McKneely was taken into custody after he entered his guilty pleas. Jackson scheduled a Sept. 12 sentencing date.
McKneely’s wife, Keirsten Alexander McKneely, and sister, Tiawanga McKneely, pleaded guilty Monday before Jackson and also will be sentenced Sept. 12.
Keirsten McKneely, 33, and Tiawanga McKneely, 34, both of Baker, pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge. Keirsten McKneely also pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute oxycodone, and Tiawanga McKneely pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute hydrocodone.
The Delta Narcotics Task Force arrested the McKneelys on Dec. 4 and seized a large amount of cash and drugs while conducting surveillance of a hotel in the Harding Boulevard area of Baton Rouge, Baker police said at the time.
More than $32,000 in cash and 267 doses of hydrocodone were discovered in a hotel room where Tiawanga McKneely was located, prosecutors said, and 252 doses of hydrocodone and 104 doses of oxycodone were found in a car in which John and Keirsten McKneely were riding.