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Hawkins man sleeping in McDonald's parking lot with meth, gun sentenced to four years

Jeff Bobo • Feb 14, 2019 at 2:05 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man who was found sleeping in his vehicle last year with 17 grams of meth and a loaded pistol was sentenced to four years Friday in Hawkins County Criminal Court.

Timothy Jacob Gardner, 34, 134 Steele Road, Rogersville, was also ordered by Judge John Dugger to pay $3,942 in fines and fees in exchange for guilty pleas to possession of meth with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.

In the early morning hours of Jan. 14, 2018, Rogersville police responded to a complaint of three males passed out in an SUV at the McDonald’s parking lot on Route 66-S.

Gardner was found to be in possession of 17 grams of meth in his pocket, which has a street value of about $1,700.

Police also allegedly seized a loaded .380 pistol from inside the vehicle, as well as a brown bag that was beside Gardner which contained baggies, scales and .380 ammunition. He allegedly had two syringes in his pocket and a separate small baggy of meth.

Gardner was originally charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony as well, but that charge was dismissed in Sessions Court last September when the other charges were bound over to the grand jury.

At the time of his guilty plea Friday, Gardner had been in jail since his arrest last year. He will be eligible for parole after serving 30 percent of his sentence.

Other guilty pleas heard last Friday by Dugger include:

* Scotty Lee Russell, 27, 1014 Colonial Village, Rogersville, who was sentenced to one year and ordered to pay $2,121 in fines and fees for theft over $1,000 and two counts of forgery.

* Jessica Maggie Laster, 24, 620 Vista Drive, Rogersville, who was sentenced to one year of supervised probation and ordered to pay $2,121 for theft over $1,000 and two counts of forgery.

* Cody Eugene Penley, 30, 114 Lauraback Road, Rogersville, who was sentenced to four years at 35 percent as a multiple offender and ordered to pay $2,548 in fines and fees for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, simple possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

* Daniel Edward Vail, 30, 537 Tuggle Hill Road, Rogersville, who was sentenced to one year and ordered to pay $2,7078 in fines and fees for unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia, and public intoxication.

* Casey DeWayne Bledsoe, 38, 135 Dogwood Lane, Whitesburg, who was sentenced to two years and one day and ordered to pay $2,324 in fines, fees and restitution for two counts of burglary and two counts of theft under $1,000.

* Jody Lee Smith, 47, 535 Cave Springs Road, Rogersville, who was sentenced to four years at 35 percent as a persistent offender and ordered to pay $2,205 in fines and fees for violation of the sex offender registry act, violation of satellite-based monitoring, and resisting arrest.

Guilty pleas heard by Dugger Feb. 1 include:

* Gene Allan Kelley, 35, 966 Burem Road, Rogersville, who was sentenced to two years and ordered to pay $846 in fines and fees for forgery.

* Joseph Kembert Jones, 47, 215 Cold Springs Road, Surgoinsville, who was sentenced to two years and one day and ordered to pay $894 in fines and fees for aggravated assault.

* Joshua David Miller, 25, 123 McLean Hill Road, Rogersville, who was sentenced to three years at 30 percent and ordered to pay $4,227 in fines, fees and restitution for theft over $10,000, two counts of theft under $1,000, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, driving on a revoked license second offense, criminal trespassing, and no insurance.

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