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The church keyboardist accused of obtaining a fake commercial drivers license is expected to enter a guilty plea this week or next, Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland said Monday morning.
Lance Roe, a licensed funeral director at Gash Memorial Chapel and organist at First Baptist Church, is charged with complicity to commit unlawful access to a computer, a Class C felony, and second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a Class D felony.
The plea deal will likely mirror the one received by fellow keyboardist Michael Sivils, a co-defendant in the case who pleaded guilty last month to helping Roe obtain the license to drive the church’s bus.
Sivils is scheduled to be sentenced July 24.
Both are expected to be eligible for pre-trial diversion, a program for first-time offenders who plead guilty to Class D felonies. Both would be considered convicted felons and placed on probation for a period of time.
If the probation is satisfactorily completed, an order can be entered to dismiss the case and the offender would no longer have a criminal record, he said.
“(Pre-trial diversion is useful) when an otherwise good person does something bad,” Cleveland said. “It doesn’t ruin his life.”
Roe’s plea deal could jeopardize his job as a funeral director, Cleveland said. That, he said, will be up to the Funeral Directors Association, a state agency that oversees funeral directors.
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