A New York City man who ducked out of a court hearing in February was back Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court, where a jury convicted him of cocaine distribution.
Eric Christopher Smallwood, 34, also was convicted of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, conspiracy to distribute cocaine, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The jury deliberated less than two hours after a full day of testimony before Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr., who deferred sentencing until a presentence report is completed.
The distribution charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, according to court documents.
On May 28, 2009, the Washington County Narcotics Task Force used an informant to set up a controlled purchase of cocaine from Smallwood. But instead of Smallwood, a woman showed up at the Pizza Hut parking lot on Dual Highway to deliver $120 worth of the drug, according to trial testimony.