Bedford Man Sentenced to Prison

(BEDFORD) – A Bedford man was sentenced in Lawrence County Superior Court II today to five years in the Department of Correction on a felony charge of possession of meth.

Judge Williams Sleva gave Michael Jones credit for 104 days served and he was fined $385.

Jones pleaded guilty to possession of meth in a negotiated plea deal.

“Based upon a balancing of the mitigating and aggravating circumstances of this case and this defendant, Michael Jones should be sentenced to five years in prison, all to be served,” says Chief Deputy Prosecutor Bob Cline during the sentencing hearing.

Jones was arrested on November 8th after a Lawrence County Sheriff’s deputy went with a Department of Child Service caseworker to do a home visit in the 7380 block of Leatherwood Road.

Jones was arrested on charges of possession of meth with an enhancing circumstance, unlawful possession of a syringe, neglect of a dependent, possession of a narcotic drug, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Leah Gerkin was arrested on the same charges.

While at the home a deputy noticed a syringe and two glass smoking pipes in plain view. Police then secured a search warrant.

During a search of the home, police found more syringes on the floor of a bedroom and within reach of the children in the home. Police also located digital scales, approximately 3 grams of a white crystal substance that tested positive for meth and two glass smoking devices containing a green leafy substance and a glass jar which both contained marijuana and a metal grinder and more smoking devices near a bed.

Police also found multiple metal spoons with burn marks on them that tested positive for fentanyl and meth in the kitchen.