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The woman, who pleaded no contest, said she and her boyfriend manufactured the drug, a prosecutor said.
Photo from VINELink; Sierra Alderman
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
CHRISTIANSBURG — The girlfriend of a man fatally shot by police in April was found guilty Tuesday of methamphetamine-related offenses stemming from the day of the shootout.
Sierra Alderman, 21, of Floyd, pleaded no contest to possessing precursors with the intent to manufacture meth, conspiring to possess precursors to manufacture meth, conspiring to manufacture meth and possessing a Schedule I or II controlled substance.
Alderman’s lawyer, Spencer Rygas, requested a pre-sentence report. Alderman, who faces up to 60 years in prison, is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 6.
According to a summary of the evidence by county Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Andrew Stephens, on April 10, police attempted to arrest Alderman’s boyfriend, Robert Kevin Hughes, on meth charges.
Authorities have said that Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Christiansburg police officers were attempting to serve an arrest warrant in the 900 block of Ridgeway Drive, on the outskirts of Christiansburg’s Cambria community, when Hughes, 41, ran out of the residence and began shooting at officers.
Hughes missed, according to authorities, but three officers then returned fire. An autopsy revealed Hughes had been shot a total of nine times and had 12 wounds as a result. Salem Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Bowers, who was appointed special prosecutor after Montgomery County Commonwealth’s Attorney Mary Pettitt recused herself, has ruled that police were justified in the use of deadly force.
Officers did a sweep of the residence and found items typically used in the manufacture of meth, Stephens said. Alderman, who was present during the shootout, told state police that there was meth in the residence and on the body of Hughes, Stephens added.
Officers obtained a search warrant and found several items, including digital surveillance cameras set up to observe the main entrance, drain opener, cold packs, lithium batteries, white powder, digital scales and Coleman fuel.
Stephens said Alderman agreed to speak with police and told them that she consumed about a half of a gram of meth every day.
She said she and Hughes manufactured meth almost every day between December 2012 and March 2013 and sold it to individuals who would purchase pseudoephedrine for them, Stephens said.
Alderman had made 24 purchases of pseudoephedrine in 10 months and had been blocked an additional eight times for exceeding federal purchase limits. Hughes had purchased pseudoephedrine 28 times in a year and had been blocked 12 times, Stephens said.
The meth found on Hughes’ body had been cooked the night before, according to the summary of the evidence.
Alderman also told police that Hughes was paranoid of being arrested, and the couple would spend weeks at a time in the residence without leaving, Stephens said. No additional details of the shooting were discussed at Alderman’s hearing.
Circuit Court Judge Bobby Turk revoked Alderman’s bond and placed her in the custody of the sheriff’s office until her sentencing hearing.
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