A 32-year-old man who was expected to fight his case in court Wednesday ended up taking a last-minute plea instead.
Thomas Sterling, of Monroeville, pleaded guilty to one count of cultivating marijuana in trade for the dismissal of four other charges.
Sterling was indicted on trafficking in marijuana, possession of marijuana, tampering with evidence and possession of criminal tools in addition to the cultivation charge shortly after authorities uncovered his operation.
Wednesday's hearing was initially scheduled to dispute statements Sterling made to police and certain evidence that was collected during the investigation, court officials said.
Two detectives stood by for nearly three hours waiting to see if they would have to testify while Sterling's attorney and the state's representative hashed out a deal.
See complete story in Thursday's Norwalk Reflector.