Judge Orders 8 Years In Prison For Meth Lab
By Mike Perleberg
(Franklin County, Ind.) – A man who helped his brother run a meth lab in Franklin County has been sentenced to prison and probation.
Jerry L. Flannery, Jr., 37, of Morris, and Benny A. Flannery, 39, of Batesville, were charged in Franklin County in December 2012 with Manufacture and Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine (Class B felony), Possession of Methamphetamine Precursors (Class D felony), Dumping Controlled Substance Waste (Class D felony).
The Brookville American-Democrat reports that Flannery pleaded guilty to a charge of Manufacturing Methamphetamine in Franklin Circuit Court on March 19th. Judge J. Steven Cox sentenced him to 12 years with four years suspended to probation.
In addition, Flannery must also pay $2,117 in restitution to Indiana State Police for the cost of the meth lab cleanup.
Jerry Flannery was also charged in Ripley County in January 2013, about a month after his arrest in Franklin County. He pleaded guilty in October 2013 to charges of Possession of Marijuana over 30 grams (Class D felony) and Possession of a Controlled Substance (Class D felony) while charges of Neglect of a Dependent (Class D felony) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Class A misdemeanor) were dismissed. He was sentenced to two years with 1 ½ years suspended to probation.
Benny Flannery was believed to be the primary meth cook, according to the newspaper. His case is set for trial in Franklin County on June 30th.