KINGMAN - After failing to show up for his sentencing hearing in February and being picked up in Kansas last month, a Kingman man will get a new attorney.
Judge Steven Conn granted a motion for a change of counsel for Bryan Baldwin.
A second motion, filed by Baldwin, to withdraw from a plea agreement was continued to a future hearing.
Conn said he felt it necessary to give Baldwin a new attorney because it would be unusual and possibly unethical for his current attorneys, Stephen Irgens and Arthur Higgs, to argue that Baldwin should be released from his plea agreement due to them not adequately representing Baldwin in plea negotiations.
Conn then ordered the Public Defender's Office to appoint a new attorney to Baldwin by April 17.
Baldwin, 42, is one of 18 suspects arrested in connection with Operation Picture Perfect, the bust of a large methamphetamine ring in Kingman last April.
He accepted a plea agreement and was supposed to be sentenced to up to 12 years in prison for felony conspiracy to sell dangerous drugs, but failed to show at his sentencing hearing on Feb. 27.
Dickinson County, Kan., law enforcement officers arrested him in March.