By Michael R. Moser
Senior staff writer
Three defendants in a manufacture of methamphetamine in a school-zone case have entered guilty pleas in Cumberland County Criminal Court.
The defendants — Joshua Lloyd Mills, Donna Lynn Schubert and Christopher Bryan Turner — all appeared before Criminal Court Judge David Patterson Sept. 23 and entered guilty pleas and received sentences ranging from probation to time in prison.
On Sept. 14, 2010, the three along with two other men were arrested by Sheriff's Investigators Casey Cox, Jeff Slayton, Sgt. Jason Elmore and Deputies Danny Stone and Kevin Phillps. The indictment accuses the five of manufacturing less than .5 grams of meth within 1,000 feet of a school.
On Sept. 21, co-defendant Edward Ray Johnson, 28, of Plateau Rd., pleaded guilty and received a seven year sentence to serve, consecutive to a probation violation sentence of one year, for a total of eight years in prison.
The case against Randy Richard Bilbrey is still pending.
On Sept. 23, the following pleas were entered:
•Joshua Lloyd Mills, 40, manufacture of methamphetamine, enhanced by violation of the state drug-free school zone act, and theft more than $1,000, pleaded guilty to manufacture of meth and theft with the enhancement dropped and received a five-year split confinement sentence. Mills is to serve 150 days in jail followed by five years on supervised probation.
•Christopher B. Turner, 21, manufacture of methamphetamine, enhanced by violation of the state drug-free school zone act, pleaded guilty to manufacturing methamphetamine and received a five-year sentence to be served and was fined $2,000 and court costs. The school zone enhancement was dropped.
•Donna Lynn Schubert, 32, manufacture of methamphetamine, enhanced by violation of the state drug-free school zone act, pleaded guilty to manufacturing meth and received a three-year suspended sentence to be served on supervised probation with fine waived. The school zone enhancement was dropped.
In other cases on the docket, the following guilty pleas were entered:
•Kevin E. Leonard, 56, child abuse of a child under the age of eight, pleaded guilty to the charge and received a four-year sentence to be served on supervised probation and is to have no contact with the victim.
•James D. Cumby, 24, charged with aggravated burglary and theft more than $10,000, pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary and received a three-year suspended sentence with one year to serve and the balance on supervised probation and must pay $1,917.32 restitution to the victim.
•Donnie Lynn Rector, charged with theft less than $500, simple possession of marijuana, driving on a revoked license, evading arrest and resisting arrest, pleaded guilty to all charges. He received 11-month and 29-days sentences for the possession, evading, resisting and theft charges, and a 30 day sentence for the revoked license charge, all to be served concurrently and concurrent with a prison sentence he is currently serving.
•Jerry Randolph, 44, charged with promotion of the manufacture of methamphetamine, theft less than $500, simple possession of a schedule II drug and simple possession of a schedule VI drug, had his judicial diversion terminated. As a result, he received a two-year suspended sentence to be served on supervised probation on the promotion of making meth charge with the remaining charges dropped. He is to pay court costs but the fine was suspended.
•Jesse Jackson Walker, attempted burglary, possession of burglary tools, theft more than $1,000 and vandalism, pleaded guilty earlier this year but returned to court to re-enter his plea so that plea documents would reflect the agreement his attorney had with state prosecutors. Walker pleaded guilty to attempted burglary and received a total of four-years in prison, concurrent with sentences in Coffee and White counties. He also pleaded guilty to theft more than $1,000 and received a four-year sentence and is to pay $75 to the Economic Crime Fund and $10,000 restitution to the victim. Remaining charges were dropped.
•Adam Clint Campbell, 32, charged with possession of methamphetamine for sale and possession of meth for delivery, pleaded guilty to possession of meth for delivery and received a four-year suspended sentence to be served on supervised probation.
•Jesse Thomas Clark, 42, aggravated assault with a weapon, dropped. Clark then pleaded guilty to an information to the charge of reckless endangerment and received a one-year suspended sentence to be served on supervised probation concurrent with a Fentress County case.