A lawyer for a Lakeland man facing federal charges of selling steroids has asked to withdraw from the case, court records show.
Richard “Andy” Thomas pleaded guilty Nov. 10 to possession with intent to distribute anabolic steroids, a charge that carries a maximum of 5 years in prison.
A sentencing hearing has been set for March 31.
Thomas’ lawyer, Mark A. Taylor of Bartow, filed a motion Wednesday seeking to be released from the case.
The motion states Thomas sent a letter to U.S. District Judge James S. Moody Jr. expressing dissatisfaction with Taylor and requesting a court-appointed lawyer.
Court records do not indicate when a hearing on the motion is to take place.
Thomas was arrested May 27 after deputies seized the largest collection of illegal steroids in Polk’s history, according to sheriff’s officials.
The Sheriff’s Office has said Thomas, 36, has claimed to be the largest anabolic steroids dealer in Central Florida.