West pleads guilty in federal court

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The former manager of a Reno car dealership has pleaded guilty to one count of drug conspiracy to obtain a controlled substance for distribution. All other 12 charges against him have been dropped.

Booking photo of Richard Winston West II.

Richard "Richie" West changed his plea from not guilty February 3, 2017 in federal court.

A day earlier, the Nevada Board of Medical Examiners filed a malpractice complaint against Reno Doctor Robert Rand, charged with writing prescriptions sold by West and six other people.

All were arrested in April 2016 after an investigation involving Rand and Jones West Ford in Reno. Rand also is charged with illegally distributing a controlled substance causing the death of a patient, with trial scheduled for April.

West will remain in the Washoe County jail until he is sentenced, which is set for May. He could face at least 70 months in prison.