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Mar 1, 2013 9:10 AM by AP

Thibodaux drug offender gets 15 years in prison

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - A 38-year-old Thibodaux man avoided the possibility of life behind bars by pleading guilty the day of his scheduled jury trial this week.

The Courier reports Don Alfonse Frye was accused of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, but Lafourche prosecutors said his past drug-related convictions made life in prison a possibility under the state's habitual offender laws.

Frye had faced a trial Tuesday in state District Judge Jerome J. Barbera III's Thibodaux courtroom. However, Frye elected to plead as charged in exchange for an agreement by the District Attorney's Office to forego prosecution as a habitual offender.

Frye was charged on May 31, 2012, after an investigation following a traffic stop revealed quantities of marijuana in both the passenger compartment and trunk of his vehicle.

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