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William Henry Jones
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
A Wirtz man was sentenced to 35 years in prison Tuesday in Franklin County Circuit Court with all but eight years suspended for manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine.
William Henry Jones, 42, was sentenced to 15 years with all but four years suspended for manufacturing methamphetamine; 10 years with all but two years suspended for distribution of methamphetamine; five years with all time suspended for possession of ingredients with intent to manufacture methamphetamine; and five years with all but two years suspended for grand larceny.
The grand larceny was not related to the methamphetamine manufacture and distribution charges.
Jones pleaded no contest to the charges in August through a plea agreement that called for felony charges of child neglect and manufacturing methamphetamine with a child present to be dismissed.
Franklin County Commonwealth's Attorney Tim Allen said the sheriff's office initiated a controlled buy of methamphetamine from Jones at his Brooks Mill Road residence in April.
Some time after the purchase was made, a search warrant was executed, Allen said. Jones was at the residence when the search was done, along with two adult females and two juveniles. No one else was charged in connection with the case.
In the basement of the residence, investigators seized equipment, ingredients and materials used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, along with a white, powdery substance that was determined to be methamphetamine, according to Sgt. Tim Taylor with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.
The Virginia State Police Tactical Team and special agents assisted the sheriff's office with the investigation and execution of the search warrant.
Jones testified Tuesday that "I am not a drug dealer, I was making the meth for myself."
However, under cross examination by Allen, Jones was asked if he sold methamphetamine to a woman for $100.
Jones responded, "Yes sir, I did."
Allen then asked, "Do you realize that's the definition of a drug dealer?" and Jones answered, "Yes sir, I do."
In sentencing Jones, Circuit Court Judge W.N. Alexander II told Jones "methamphetamine is an awful, horrible drug."
After his release from prison, Jones will be on probation for five years. He was also ordered to be of good behavior for the rest of his life.