A Roy pharmacist charged with three drug counts in Davis County signed a diversion agreement Tuesday in 2nd District Court dismissing two of the charges and putting prosecution of the third on hold.
Part of the agreement signed by pharmacist H. John March, 36, owner of U&I Pharmacy in Roy, is that he plead guilty to a similar charge in Weber County. March entered a guilty plea two weeks ago on a charge of issuing a false or forged prescription, a third-degree felony.Signing of the diversion agreement ends an on-again, off-again series of negotiations with prosecutors in the Davis County attorney's office.
March initially agreed in a February court appearance to a plea bargain similar to the one he signed Tuesday but a week later changed his mind, fired his first attorney and said he wanted to go to trial on the three charges.
But in a pretrial hearing three weeks ago, March reversed his position again and a plea negotiation similar to the original was drawn up.
March pleaded guilty March 21 to the single felony count in Ogden and is scheduled for sentencing April 28. In Davis County, Judge Rodney S. Page dismissed one felony and one misdemeanor false prescription charge against March and agreed to hold the third felony count in abeyance.
Prosecutor Carvel Harward said the agreement stipulates that if March is charged with any similar drug or prescription violations before the statute of limitations runs out on the charges in 1992, all three will be filed again.
The statement March signed in court would be used in his prosecution, Harward said. It will also be forwarded to the sentencing judge in Ogden.
In addition to court action, March faces the possible loss of his license from the state Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing. A revocation hearing March 28 was delayed until court action is finalized.