Man Asks to Withdraw Guilty Plea

Man Asks to Withdraw Guilty Plea

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(KSL News) He's already served a quarter of his sentence, but a Salt Lake City man says he wants to withdraw his guilty plea.

Michael John Nikols was sentenced to 70 months behind bars after pleading guilty to charges stemming his role in a cocaine-trafficking ring two years ago.

Yesterday, a U.S. district judge said he will allow Nikols to withdraw the plea, but warned he could face up to 27 years in prison if convicted.

Nikols was the owner of a Salt Lake restaurant at the time of his arrest. Police said he had been involved in the distribution of cocaine for more than a decade.

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