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Carthage man sentenced to year in jail for trying to make meth

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The last of four men accused of trying to set up a methamphetamine lab in Carthage in December was sentenced Tuesday in Jefferson County Court to a year in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building.

Stephen L. Myers, 47, was given credit for “good time” served at the PSB, meaning he was released Tuesday after serving eight months of his one-year term. He had pleaded guilty June 5 to third-degree attempted unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine. He admitted that on Dec. 15, he and others possessed materials needed to produce methamphetamine at a residence he shared at 228B N. James St., Carthage.

Also previously sentenced in the matter:

Duane L. Doyle, 52, was sentenced June 12 to 2 years in state prison for a May 6 guilty plea to third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine; Kevin R. Farmer, 56, was sentenced June 28 to an unspecified amount of time served at the PSB and five years’ probation for an April 16 guilty plea to third-degree attempted unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine, and Joseph G. Mathar, 33, was sentenced May 29 to time served at the PSB for a guilty plea the same day to second-degree criminal possession of methamphetamine-making materials.

The Metro-Jeff Drug Task force said at the time of the men’s arrests that they had been watching the men for a few months, but Carthage village police discovered the meth-making materials when they went to the residence to arrest Mr. Doyle on a bench warrant. The men had not yet started making meth, but had all of the necessary ingredients.

Mr. Myers and Mr. Doyle are ex-convicts. Mr. Myers served about 21 months in prison after being convicted of first-degree counts of reckless endangerment and aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle in March 2007.

Mr. Doyle was in prison for three years for 1988 convictions for attempted second-degree assault and attempted third-degree burglary.

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