Joshua B. Tipton, 27, of Stow, was sentenced to six years in prison and to pay a $10,000 fine after being found guilty of making methamphetamines near a Kent school this winter.
"Your honor, I maintain I’m innocent of these charges other than being in the paddy wagon,” Tipton was reported saying in a Record Courier story. “I’m innocent, sir.”
Read more about the two-day trial, like how Tipton plans to appeal the decision, in the full Record Courier story.
Lori L. Claeys, 37, of Echo Valley Drive in Stow, was also arrested for making methamphetamine in the Kent house less than two blocks from Holden Elementary School.
Claeys, Tipton and Kenneth J. Brewster, 45, of Kent were arrested Dec. 14 at 319 W. Elm St. after a joint investigation by the Kent Police Department, Ravenna Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Youngstown Task Force.
She was charged with one count of illegal manufacture of methamphetamine, a first-degree felony, in the vicinity of a school. She pleaded guilty in April and will be sentenced June 18.
Brewster has a plea hearing scheduled for June 25.
Kent Police Lt. Paul Canfield previously said the house was not a full-blown lab in the sense it was not filled with drug manufacturing tools.
"There’s a process they use now that’s fairly simple, and it’s also fairly compact,” Canfield said in December. “It was a simple, small, they call it a ‘one-pot’ manufacturing system."
The Portage County Drug Task Force handled the removal of the chemicals and tools associated in the drug manufacturing.