A six-year sentence was given to a defendant who could not discontinue purchasing a key ingredient in the manufacture of methamphetamine despite being incarcerated for methamphetmine-related crimes in the past.
Chad Isom, 36 of Plymouth, had previously been incarcerated for Dealing in Methamphetamine and had prior drug convictions for ten misdemeanors and two felonies. When he was released from prison after serving a sentence on the dealing charge, he returned to purchasing pseudoephedrine-based products – the essential ingredient in the manufacture of the drug.
When a law took effect July 1 where an offender could be charged with a felony count of purchasing precursors as a methamphetamine offender, Isom was charged with four counts of the offense. In another case, he was charged with Maintaining a Common Nuisance and Possession of Marijuana.
On Wednesday, Isom appeared before Judge Robert O. Bowen in Marshall County Superior Court where he pleaded guilty in a plea agreement with the State to Class D felony charges of Possession of a Precursor by a Methamphetamine Offender and Maintaining a Common Nuisance, plus a misdemeanor charge of Possession of Marijuana. Sentencing was left up to Judge Bowen who sentenced Isom to three years on both felony counts to be served consecutively to each other. Isom was sentenced to one year on the misdemeanor charge to be served concurrently, or at the same time, to the felony charges. The maximum sentences allowed were given on each count.