On Wednesday, Ricky Joe Burgans pleaded guilty to Unlawful Manufacture of a Controlled Substance I and was sentenced to twelve years imprisonment. The trial against Burgans was scheduled to begin in front of Circuit Judge Charles A. "Lex" Short first thing Wednesday morning. A jury was struck, and at the last moment, the defendant, represented by David Baker, decided that he wished to plead guilty. District Attorney Walt Merrell, who prosecuted the case, stated after the defendant pleaded guilty, "this is just one more example of how the jury system works. Some folks have to have their feet in the fire before they’re willing to own up to what they’ve done. This case is a good example of that. Justice has been served in this case and that shows that the system works."