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Timothy Lynn Harris was sentenced to a year in a boot camp program for behavioral drug treatment and a job skills program.
Friday, June 7, 2013
A man caught making methamphetamine in the suburban Salem home of his grandmother he lived with and cared for escaped a prison sentence Friday when he was sentenced to a year in a boot camp program for behavioral drug treatment and a job skills program.
Timothy Lynn Harris, 23, was arrested in August when police raided his basement quarters in the $300,000 home of his grandmother in the Hidden Valley Forest subdivision.
He pleaded guilty in March to a single count of possession of meth with intent to distribute.
Harris testified Friday that he has lived on Forest Drive for three or four years, during which time his only job was cooking and cleaning and keeping up the lawn for his grandmother, who uses a wheelchair.
“He did have a job,” countered Deputy Chief Commonwealth’s Attorney Marshall Harrell , “and it was manufacturing methamphetamine.”
Harris acknowledged he had been making and using meth for three our four years.
Harrell noted that while his grandmother — who was in court — lived upstairs, sometimes using oxygen, he was in the basement cooking meth and endangering her health.
“And that’s how you take care of your grandmother,” Harrell said. She also pointed out that Harris was disrespectful to police, who found him with a 15-year-old girl.
Greg Phillips, Harris’s attorney, acknowledged he had nothing to offer in terms of proof of redeeming aspects of Harris’s character, but argued that because of that, he’s more in need of the detention and diversion programs he sought to be sentenced to than some other offenders.
Harrell asked Salem Circuit Court Judge William Broadhurst to sentence Harris to 10 years in prison, with all but four years suspended.
Broadhurst imposed the 10 years, but suspended it all pending Harris’ completion of the treatment and training programs. He also revoked Harris’ bond. As Harris was le d off to jail, Broadhurst admonished him to rise every morning and consider whether he would rather be in the detention program or in the penitentiary.
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