James Thomas Pierce Jr.
Friday, March 28, 2014
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
A Rocky Mount man faces up to 45 years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday in Franklin County Circuit Court to manufacturing methamphetamine and possessing ingredients used to make the drug.
James Thomas Pierce Jr., 46, was also charged with manufacturing meth with a child present, but that charge was dismissed through a plea agreement.
Acting on a tip, investigators went to Pierce's residence on Old Furnace Road on Jan. 12, 2013, to question him, according to prosecutor Cooper Brown.
Pierce's wife answered the door and allowed the investigators to come into their house, Brown said. Inside the home, they found ingredients used to manufacture methamphetamine and 6.37 grams of meth.
Pierce admitted to cooking the meth and promised not to do it anymore, Brown said.
Manufacturing methamphetamine carries a maximum prison sentence of 40 years. Possession of ingredients to manufacture meth carries a maximum sentence of five years.
A sentencing hearing for Pierce is set for June 26 at 3:30 p.m. in circuit court.