Fed court sentences Mt. Vernon man to 12 years on meth charges

BENTON — A 52-year-old Jefferson County man was sentenced this week to more than 12 years in federal prison on methamphetamine charges.

Kenneth L. Badgett Credit: Mughots.com
Kenneth L. Badgett
Credit: Mughots.com

Kenneth L. Badgett, of Mt. Vernon, was sentenced to 151 months to be followed by three years of supervised release, and fined $300.

Badgett had previously pleaded guilty to three counts in a federal indictment. Count 1 charged that from February 2014, until on or about March 23, 2014, in Jefferson County, Badgett conspired with others known and unknown to the Grand Jury, to knowingly and intentionally manufacture methamphetamine.

Count 2 charged that on March 23, 2014, in Jefferson County, Badgett possessed equipment, chemicals, products, or materials which may be used to manufacture methamphetamine, knowing, intending, and having reasonable cause to believe, that those items would be used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Count 3 charged that on January 28, 2013, in Jefferson County, Badgett knowingly and intentionally distributed methamphetamine.

Co-defendant, 47-year-old Larry York, also of Mt. Vernon, was previously sentenced in this case to 180 months.

The investigation that led to the arrests and charges was conducted by the Joint Narcotics Unit of the Mt. Vernon Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department. The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney George Norwood.