The Richmond Register

July 12, 2013

Man gets 12 years for making meth, endangering child

By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer

RICHMOND — A Ballard Drive man who pleaded guilty to making methamphetamine in his apartment while a young child was present was sentenced Thursday to 12 years in prison.

Lucas W. Shanks, 26, was arrested Jan. 6 after an anonymous tip about suspected drug activity led Richmond police to his apartment.

Four adults who were in the apartment, as well as the elementary-age child, had to be decontaminated, according to the RPD.

Shanks also has another serious case pending in Madison Circuit Court. He and another inmate, 28-year-old Justin Morgan Howell, are accused of working together April 24 to assault James Foster.

The attack against Foster, also a Madison County Detention Center inmate, caused a severe laceration to his head, according to the indictment.

Howell and Shanks were indicted by a grand jury in May of second-degree assault, second-degree escape and second-degree persistent felony offender. Both men face possible sentences of 15 to 30 years in prison if convicted of assault and escape.

Howell and Shanks pleaded not guilty when arraigned on those charges June 7 in Madison Circuit Court.

Other sentences handed down Thursday by Judge Jean C. Logue:

• Joshua J. Oliver, 27, two counts of second-degree burglary, 12 years.

• Boyd D. Neeley, 19, manufacturing methamphetamine and first-degree bail jumping, 10 years.

• Brandon Spivey, 26, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (heroin), attempted tampering with physical evidence and theft by unlawful taking (shoplifting); five years and restitution.

• Bobby J. Sandlin, 35, two counts of theft by unlawful taking (shoplifting), three years.

• Christopher Ruth, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (opiates, first offense), three years in prison probated for three years under supervision.

• Bart A. Housholder, 47, third-degree assault (police officer) and aggravated operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol (first offense), three years in prison diverted for two years unsupervised with $150 restitution to the Berea Police Department. His driver’s license also was suspended.

• Jeffrey Chesbro, receiving stolen property (under $10,000) and tampering with physical evidence, two years in prison diverted for three years under supervision.

• Allison Barnard, 28, two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, two years in prison diverted to two years under supervision.

• William Henry Taylor, 33, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree bailing-jumping, tampering with a prisoner monitoring device and second-degree escape; two years in prison probated under supervision for two years.

• Hollie G. Gordon, 44, two counts of theft by unlawful taking, one year in prison and restitution.

• Ricky L. Smith Jr., 22, trafficking in marijuana, one year.

• Anna Lee Newcomb, 32, second-degree escape and tampering with a prisoner monitoring device, one year in prison.

• James Allen Hurd, 41, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (first offense), one year in prison probated for two years under supervision.

• Gwenivere Hart, 32, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (opiates) and possession of drug paraphernalia, one year in prison diverted under supervision for two years.

• Charlene Goodson-Agee, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (opiates, first offense), second-degree possession of a controlled substance, illegal possession of a legend drug and possession of drug paraphernalia, one year diverted for two years under supervision.

• Joshua Allen Raleigh, 23, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (opiates, first offense) and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs/alcohol (first offense), one year in prison probated under supervision for one year. His license was suspended for 30 days.