Meth case nets four-year prison term

Staff report


A Sebring man is going to prison for four years after he pleaded guilty to illegal drug manufacture for assembling materials in his apartment which could have been used to establish a methamphetamine lab.

Shawn Carver, 27, of West Indiana Avenue, received the definite sentence Thursday from Judge R. Scott Krichbaum of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court immediately after entering his plea to the Jan. 3 offense.

The sentence is not appealable because it was agreed to by the prosecution and defense and adopted by the judge.

Carver also is not legally eligible for early judicial release, said Nicholas Brevetta, an assistant county prosecutor. He will be on parole for three years after prison. Judge Krichbaum imposed on him a four-year driver’s-license suspension.

Acting on a tip, Carver’s probation officer found some, but not all, of the materials that could be used to set up a meth lab in Carver’s residence, Brevetta said.

“It wasn’t an actual meth lab producing anything at the time,” Brevetta added. “We found very little actual methamphetamine in the home.”

The defendant had been on probation for a Nov. 9, 2012, meth-lab conviction in Stark County, Brevetta said. Probationers are subject to warrantless searches, as occurred in this case, Brevetta added.

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