Attorney’s illness prompts delay requests

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – Two clients of Ashland attorney Tony Farese asked a federal judge to delay their July 15 sentencings because Farese is hospitalized.
Former state trooper Chris Hughes of Tupelo and former Lafayette County narcotics agent Searn Lynch seek sentencing continuances and say the U.S. Attorney’s Office has no objections to the delay.
Hughes, 41, was indicted in October 2012, slightly more than five years after an incident in which he was accused of stomping a woman under arrest in the Lee County Jail.
Last February, Hughes pleaded guilty to attacking the woman while he was working as a trooper, but the charge was that he violated her constitutional rights to protection against unreasonable searches and from excessive force.
Hughes never faced state charges associated with the beating.
He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Lynch, 38, of Oxford was indicted Jan. 28 accused of doctor-shopping for prescription painkillers and other drugs, and as a law enforcement officer for carrying a firearm while he committed the crimes.
He pleaded guilty last April to one count of doctor-shopping and faces up to four years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Lynch was accused of a five-year scheme to acquire 831 doses of painkillers and other drugs from 17 different health care providers from 2007-2012.
He was chief of the Oxford-Lafayette County Metro Narcotics Unit before joining Oxford Police Department as a detective.
Details about Farese’s hospitalization were not available.
patsy.brumfield@journalinc.com