Shelby sentenced to 20 years in prison
Baker receives 5 years probation
by Anthony Cloud Staff Writer
Bell County Circuit Court Judge Robert Costanzo sentenced Charles Wayne Shelby Jr. to a total of 20 years in the penitentiary on Friday.
Shelby, 41, of Middlesboro, was sentenced on three different indictments.
On the first, Shelby was sentenced to five years in the penitentiary for first-degree trafficking a controlled substance. According to the indictment, he trafficked oxycodone in August 2009.
On the second indictment, Shelby was sentenced to 10 years in the penitentiary on an amended charge of criminal attempt to manufacture methamphetamine. The alleged act happened in October.
Shelby was also sentenced to 10 years in the penitentiary for criminal attempt to manufacture methamphetamine on the third indictment.
According to the arrest citation, Shelby was one of four individuals arrested during a raid of a meth lab operation in January. During the raid at a residence, Middlesboro Police Officer Chuck Bruce found a small bag with white powder inside a chest-of-drawers, according to the arrest citation. The powder later tested positive for methamphetamine.
According to the citation, Bruce also found a working meth lab inside the residence with tubing and all the other ingredients needed to manufacture the substance.
Shelby was arrested because he was found inside the residence with the active meth lab in his lap, according to the arrest citation. He was indicted on the charge in July.
The two manufacturing charges were set to run consecutively with each other, while the trafficking charge was set to run concurrently with the other indictments. Shelby will receive credit for 231 days served in jail.
Ricky Dale Baker, 26, of Ewing, Va., also received his final sentence on Friday. He was sentenced to five years in the penitentiary for theft by unlawful taking over $500 and 12 months in the Bell County Jail for theft by unlawful taking under $500.
Baker will be placed on five years supervised probation for the theft over $500. He will pay restitution in the amount of $450 to the victim.
According to the indictment, Baker stole a boat motor, 35 used alternators and 50 electric starters from Danny Poff.
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