Man gets 7 years for meth productionPublished 9:40am Thursday, October 10, 2013
A Coal Grove man who took his chances against a jury — and lost — was sentenced to prison Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.
Elvis Adkins, 25, formerly of 518 Marion Pike Apt 5, was found guilty on a second-degree count of complicity to illegal manufacture of drugs (meth) Friday after a day and a half trial.
Prosecuting Attorney Brigham Anderson said the prosecution called six witnesses while the defense only called two. Anderson said the jury deliberated for about two hours before returning the guilty verdict.
Judge Charles Cooper sentenced Adkins to seven years in prison, a $7,500 fine and a five-year driver’s license suspension.
Adkins is the third defendant to be sentenced on charges relating to the manufacture of meth in a South Point apartment.
Ashley Kelley, 21, and Patrick Kelley, 36, both of 2239 Barbeque St., Ashland, Ky., pleaded guilty in late September. Ashley Kelley, charged with complicity to illegal manufacture of drugs was sentenced to four years in prison. Patrick Kelley, charged with illegal manufacture of drugs, also received four years in prison.
Two other defendants are awaiting trial in the case.
Jessica Robinson, 25, of 1097 County Road 1 Apt 30, South Point, also charged with complicity to illegal manufacture of drugs, is set for trial on Tuesday.
A trial has not yet been set for the fifth co-defendant, Cora Harmon, 22, of 214 Carl Perkins Drive, Ashland, also charged with complicity to illegal manufacture of drugs.
According to a report from the sheriff’s office, the defendants were arrested after deputies were called to the Lawrence Village Apartments in late July on complaints of a suspicious odor and smoke coming from a window in one of the apartments.
According to the report, the deputy noted a chemical odor in the apartment. Meth-making materials were allegedly found in the apartment, including allergy medicine blister packs, drain cleaner and a plastic bottle with a tube.