A man who authorities say may be connected to the death of a Royalton teenager is expected to plead guilty to a federal firearms charge.
Richard Whitcomb agreed to plead guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Prosecutors say Whitcomb admitted to using a gun as collateral during a drug deal with Austin Colson, who disappeared in January 2018.
Colson’s body was found six months later in a Norwich barn at a property Whitcomb helped maintain. He had been shot to death. Police have said Whitcomb was likely the last person to see Colson. No one has been charged in the 19-year-old’s death.
Under the plea deal, which must be approved by a judge, Whitcomb would be sentenced to three years in prison with credit for time served.
Whitcomb’s wife said her husband maintains his innocence.