Two Sparta men sentenced in federal court for meth offenses

BENTON — Two Sparta men were recently sentenced for methamphetamine offenses.

Acting U.S. Attorney James L. Porter says 20-year-old Michael A. Boyt, Jr., who had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison, three years of supervised release and fined $725.

(Credit: Comstock)
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Twenty-four-year-old Russell A. Stokes, who had previously pled guilty to conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and possessing pseudoephedrine knowing it was going to be used to manufacture meth, was sentence to 100 months in prison, three years of supervised release and fined $825.

Porter noted that evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that the two men were involved with co-defendant Jonathan Haslett and others in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Stokes provided pseudoephedrine to several other people, including Boyt, Jr., to use to manufacture methamphetamine. Boyt, Jr. manufactured and distributed methamphetamine.

At the sentencing hearings, the district court found that Boyt, Jr. was responsible for the possession of over 125 grams of pseudoephedrine while Stokes was responsible for the possession of over 222 grams of pseudoephedrine.

The offenses occurred from 2013 to this month in Perry, Randolph, Williamson, Jackson and Franklin counties.

Co-defendant Haslett has pled guilty and is currently being held without bond pending a sentencing hearing on Feb. 2.