Granton meth-maker headed to state prison for 12 years
One attorney in Jonathon Tuggle’s latest criminal case said the former Granton man should be locked up for as long as the law will allow. The other lawyer said he should do fine on supervised release. The judge in the case came down on the side of the public’s safety.
The 34-year-old Tuggle was sentenced on Oct. 4 to 12 years in the state prison system and another 10 years of extended supervision after that on convictions for second-degree recklessly endangering safety, possession of ingredients to make methamphetamine, and possession of methamphetamine waste by-products. All potential sentences were enhanced by Tuggle’s long criminal history, and a host of other charges were dismissed but read-in to the court record for sentencing purposes.
Tuggle and his wife Elizabeth Tuggle — who is now deceased — were arrested in late June of 2017 after an informant told police that drugs were being manufactured at the couple’s home at the intersection of County Road K and Timber Lane Road north of Granton in the town of York. Officers executing a search warrant found an active meth manufacturing lab in the basement of the home — where Elizabeth Tuggle’s three children from a prior relationship also lived — as well as various evidence of meth use in the household. Both Tuggles were charged with long lists of crimes ranging from manufacture of meth to recklessly endangering the children.
Elizabeth Tuggle disappeared for a time and failed to appear for a court hearing. She was found dead in the home near Granton of an apparent suicide on Feb. 22.
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