PALATKA — The father of a missing Florida girl is negotiating a plea deal for a 15-year sentence on drug-trafficking charges in exchange for testimony against his ex-wife and her brother.
Attorney Terry Shoemaker said Thursday at a pretrial hearing that his client Ronald Cummings hopes to have the deal before trial begins July 19.
Shoemaker said surveillance evidence of five undercover drug deals with Cummings was a significant factor in his seeking a deal.
Cummings, his ex-wife Misty Croslin and her brother were caught in a drug-trafficking sting that ended in January.
Eighteen-year-old Croslin was at home with Haleigh Cummings the night the 5-year-old disappeared in February 2009.
Putnam County Sheriff Jeff Hardy now considers the case a homicide investigation.
Information from: The Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com