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Columbus Man Sentenced On Meth Charges

Last updated on Wednesday, October 19, 2011

(COLUMBUS) - A man convicted in two separate methamphetamine-related trials this year was sentenced Tuesday to 38 years in prison for dealing and manufacturing meth.

48-year-old Charles J. Davis Sr., of Columbus, was found guilty by juries in both June and September of multiple meth-related crimes that stemmed from two incidents in which Davis produced the drug inside vehicles in public areas.

One case stemmed from a traffic accident in March 2010, during which Davis gave police permission to search his van. Police said they found components to make meth inside the van.

Davis was sentenced to 20 years in prison for dealing meth, a Class B felony, in one case, and 18 years in prison for manufacturing meth, a Class B felony, in the second case.

Juries convicted Davis of five other meth-related charges, but Bartholomew Superior Court 1 Judge Chris Monroe vacated those convictions because they created "factual" double jeopardy.

Monroe read from the report during Davis' sentencing hearing Tuesday, quoting the report as saying that Davis was introduced to meth at the age of 42 as a drug to give him energy.

Davis said it was the most potent drug he had ever used and that he was instantly addicted, the judge read from the report.

The longest period he was awake from using meth was nine days.

During his trials this year, Davis had made claims of jury tampering and that he was framed. Monroe said Tuesday he has seen no evidence to support those claims.
Davis did not testify at his sentencing hearing, but he did tell the judge he plans to appeal both cases.

At the end of Tuesday's hearing, Davis asked the judge if he could say one more thing.
He turned to an 18-year-old man who had earlier testified about drug and alcohol problems in an unrelated case while Davis waited in the courtroom.

"I hope you have a fresh start and don't end up like me," Davis told the man.

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