Convicted drug dealer allowed home confinement to help care for ailing childBy SHAWNE K. WICKHAM
New Hampshire Sunday News
December 01. 2017 8:02PM
CONCORD — A federal judge has allowed a convicted drug dealer to remain free on home confinement until his sentencing next year, so that he can care for his child, who has a life-threatening illness.
Alkis Nakos, a 38-year-old Manchester man, was convicted in 2015 of a drug trafficking offense — operating a continuing criminal enterprise — and sentenced to 20 years in prison. He appealed, seeking a new trial.
On Nov. 21, a U.S. District Court judge ordered a new trial. But that same day, authorities reached a plea deal with Nakos, according to John Farley, acting U.S. attorney.
Nakos has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to possess a controlled drug (marijuana) with the intent to distribute, Farley said; once he is sentenced, the previous charge will be dismissed.
“We ended up entering into an agreement where he pled to a conspiracy charge, and that concludes any of the potential post-trial litigation that might have ended up being very protracted,” Farley said Friday.
As part of the plea deal, Judge Landya McCafferty agreed to release Nakos to home confinement under strict conditions pending his sentencing on the new charge. In court documents, the judge wrote that “exceptional reasons exist for the defendant’s release on conditions until the time of his sentencing in order to be present with and assist in the care of his child, who is suffering from a life-threatening illness.”
Under the conditions of his release, Nakos agreed to electronic monitoring and supervision, as well as to surrender his passport and refrain from possession of firearms or other weapons.
Farley said the plea agreement includes a 92-month sentence, about 7½ years, on the drug charge.
The next hearing in the case is set for Jan. 2 in U.S. District Court, and Farley said he expects sentencing will be scheduled for early next year.