A Cleveland, Tn., man with a lengthy criminal record was handed a six-year federal prison sentence on Monday in a meth case.
Authorities said they found Edward Thompson, 35, at the scene of a meth bus at the Lincoln Inn on Sept. 8, 2011. He was caught carrying meth-producing items to a dumpster.
Attorney Joe DeGaetano said Thompson had a rough upbringing, including being forced by his mother to use drugs when he was six. He said the mother was a heroin addict who went to prison for second-degree murder. He said Thompson was later repeatedly sexually abused.
Prosecutor Terra Bay said Thompson has a string of burglary and theft cases. She said it is especially dangerous to be cooking meth in a motel.
Thompson appeared before Judge Sandy Mattice.
He got a break on the sentence since the guideline range was 84-105 months.