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Leroy Nelson Hansen Jr.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

A Rocky Mount man will serve 17 months of a seven-year prison sentence for 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.

In addition to the prison sentence, Hansen was also ordered to pay $209,429 in restitution for the apartment building that was destroyed by the fire.

Hansen was also sentenced to three years probation and ordered to be of good behavior for 10 years.

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.

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

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