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Rocky Mount man pleads guilty to cooking meth
Resulting fire gutted duplex apartment building last October
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Leroy Nelson Hansen Jr.

Friday, May 2, 2014

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

A Rocky Mount man faces up to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to attempting to manufacture methamphetamine.

Leroy Nelson Hansen Jr., 45, was indicted in February after a fire gutted an apartment building on Wray's Chapel Road last October.

The fire that started in an upstairs bedroom of Hansen's unit at Green Akers Apartments was caused by Hansen's attempt to cook meth, according to former Franklin County Fire Marshal Bennie Russell.

Inside the bedroom of Hansen's unit, investigators discovered equipment and ingredients consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine.

A second charge of possession of ingredients to manufacture methamphetamine was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

The fire quickly spread to the adjoining unit, Russell said, and gutted both sides of the two-story structure. The damage was estimated at $275,000.

Hansen and his wife, Leslie, sustained minor injuries from the fire, Russell said. They were transported to Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital, where they were treated and released.

The owner of the apartment building, Dillard Akers, was insured.

The fire displaced another couple, Mike and Sheila Ramey, who lived in the adjoining unit, Russell said.

A sentencing hearing for Hansen is set for July 14 at 3:15 p.m. in Franklin County Circuit Court. Hansen was allowed to remain free on bond until the hearing.

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