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TELL CITY – A Perry County man caught last summer with a methamphetamine lab in his home apologized for his actions Monday before being handed a 30-year sentence.
James L. Story II said he had “worked to get my life back on track” and regretted the actions that affected not only him, but the lives of his parents and other loved ones.
Judge Lucy Goffinet ordered Story, who agreed under a deal with prosecutors to plead guilty to a Class A felony charge of dealing in meth, to serve 20 years in prison and another 10 years on probation.
If he receives the standard credit for good behavior while incarcerated, Story could be released in about a decade. He will also receive credit for time already served in the county jail.
Story, who had been free on bond, hugged his parents before being led away by a county sheriff's deputy. He was taken to the county jail to await transfer to the Indiana Department of Correction.
State and local police arrived at Story's home at 5420 Sandstone Lane Aug. 14, 2007, after receiving a tip of a chemical-like odor in the area. Officers said they located an active meth lab at the residence, along with ingredients used to make the drug. Also arrested at the scene were Adam C. Gaynor, Eric C. Doogs, Candy James, Shawn M. Kahler and Randy J. Leinenbach Jr.
James is participating in the county's drug court under a plea agreement. Kahler pleaded guilty early this year to visiting a common nuisance and possession of marijuana.
Gaynor, Doogs and Leinenbach are awaiting trial on felony drug charges.