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Chisam given 12 years for meth-making charge
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Asking for a shirt will cost a man 12 years in prison after lawmen found a meth lab in his vehicle atop Harrison Ferry Mountain.
The shirtless defendant, James Wilburn Chisam Jr., was ordered by Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to serve 12 years in the state penitentiary and pay a $2,000 fine for initiating the process to manufacture meth.
His two passengers, Coy Almond Yates and Michael Edward Woods Jr., were both ordered to serve 180 days and pay $2,000 on the same charge. Both men will remain on probation for eight years. Yates will also have to serve time he owes for violating his probation on a prior conviction of aggravated assault.
Chisam’s longer sentence comes because he is a Range-Two offender, meaning he has a longer criminal record than his partners in crime. Being a Range-Two offender also means he will have to serve 35 percent of his sentence before his first chance of parole.
It was Yates who led to the arrest of all three men after deputies received word he was a passenger in a vehicle down a dirt trail at the end of Wildwood Lane. He was wanted on an outstanding warrant.
When officers arrived, they had all three suspects exit the vehicle for the safety of the officers.
“The driver asked deputy Lynn Cannon for a shirt out of the vehicle and upon getting the shirt he found a two liter plastic bottle with one pot active,” said deputy Billy Joe Crouch.
The active pot meant the suspects were cooking meth using the shake and bake method which is a streamlined way to produce the illegal drug.
A subsequent search of the vehicle netted numerous other items commonly used in the production of meth.