Kenneth Andrew Case
ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man found passed out behind the wheel of an overheating vehicle that contained a meth lab in the Mount Carmel Hardee’s restaurant parking lot will serve 100 percent of an eight year prison sentence.
Kenneth Andrew Case, 24, 135 Fiddlers Lane, Surgoinsville, was sentenced as a “violent offender” Friday by Judge John Dugger in exchange for guilty pleas to manufacturing meth within 1,000 feet of a school as well as possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of marijuana.
According to police reports, on the morning of March 13, Case was passed out behind the wheel of his car in the Mount Carmel Hardee’s restaurant parking lot.
The car started overheating, drawing the attention of police.
Police eventually shut off the engine and awakened Case to discover a one-pot meth lab cooking in the vehicle.
That location is near a preschool just off of Main Street.
Being within 1,000 feet of a school enhances the sentence.
A first time offender under “standard” sentencing guidelines is eligible for parole after serving 30 percent of the sentence.
The enhancement eliminates parole eligibility and requires Case to serve 100 percent of the sentence behind bars under “violent offender” guidelines.
Case was also fined a total of $2,550.
Other guilty pleas heard Friday by Dugger include:
• Randy Dewayne Fields, 39, 2130 Stanley Valley Road Lot 30, Surgoinsville, who was sentenced to eight years with 30 percent parole eligibility and fined $2,225 for initiating the process to manufacture meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.
• Johnny Kay Seals, 43, 165 Country Estates, Rogersville, who was sentenced to six years, fined $200, and ordered to pay $1,500 in restitution for theft over $1,000 and felony failure to appear.
• Edward Glenn Johnson Jr., 32, Bailey Johnson Road, Rogersville, who was sentenced to six years and six months and fined a total of $6,500 for two counts of possession of Schedule II narcotics with intent to deliver, possession of Schedule IV narcotics with intent to deliver, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and driving without a license.
• Amber Gail Bombailey, 22, 496 Gravelly Road, Kingsport, who was sentenced to two years and one day and fined $2,000 for promoting the manufacture of meth.
• James Austin Justice, 35, no address available, who was sentenced to two years and one day and ordered to pay $1,700 in restitution for burglary and theft over $1,000.
• Christopher Matthew Mullins, 40, 4827 11-W, Rogersville, who was sentenced to two years and one day, fined a total of $850, and ordered to pay $70 restitution for burglary, theft under $500, two counts of forgery and identity theft.