Former Floyd Co disability attorney Eric C. Conn will face a judge again for the new charges he is facing after being on the run for several months. A federal judge set a June 11 trial for Conn and alleged accomplice Curtis Lee Wyatt on a number of charges related to Conn’s alleged escape from home incarceration. Conn allegedly removed his GPS monitoring device last June, while meeting with attorneys in Lexington and disappeared. He was arrested in December while dining at a Pizza Hut in Honduras. The other trial will take place nearly a year from now. U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Wier found that Conn’s new public defender would need that much time to review the massive amount of evidence. He scheduled that trial for Jan. 7, 2019.
The 2019 trial will cover the charges Conn originally faced in an indictment handed down in 2016. In that case, he faces 18 charges, including conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud, and money laundering, related to a scheme to defraud Social Security. That case was supposed to be dismissed after Conn pleaded guilty to theft and bribery last year. However, prosecutors say Conn violated his plea agreement with his escape, and they now plan to pursue all of the charges. The escape trial is expected to take three days. The conspiracy and fraud trial is expected to last 12. Conn is currently serving a 12-year sentence for his guilty plea to the theft and bribery charges.