Meigs County Man In Meth Case Who Went For Gun Given 10-Year Federal Prison Sentence

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A Meigs County man who authorities said went for his gun when officers were trying to arrest him was given a 10-year-federal prison sentence on Wednesday.

Lee Roy Fairbanks appeared before Federal Judge Sandy Mattice.

His attorney, Giana Maio, denied that Fairbanks was seeking "suicide by police" in the gun incident last April 18.

Prosecutors said the Meigs County sheriff investigator obtained information that Fairbanks was cooking meth at Chucky Letner's residence. Officers heard loud noises inside, then saw Fairbanks jump from the porch. Fairbanks continued to run, though he was ordered to stop. After he fell down, prosecutors said he turned and put his hand on a firearm he had in his waistband. The investigator pulled his weapon, and Fairbanks ran off into some woods.

Fairbanks was arrested the next day at Wendall Jerles' residence. He had a .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol with him with one bullet loaded in it.

Prosecutors said Fairbanks stated that he had put his hand on the gun hoping he would be shot so he would not have to go back to jail.

Attorney Maio said Fairbanks had a good work record and very little criminal record until he was laid off in 2009 and became addicted to meth. She said he began cooking meth for his own use.

She said since he has been in jail, his child has been born.

Prosecutor Greg Sullivan said Fairbanks was "extremely fortunate," saying prosecutors could have validly loaded more time on him.

He was sentenced at the bottom of the range of 120-150 months.

A number of family members and friends were in the audience at the sentencing.

 



Corker, Alexander, Perdue Back Launch Of Tax Reform Effort

Senators Bob Corker, Lamar Alexander and David Perdue were among those voting for a budget resolution that carries the procedural tools requested by Senate leadership to kick-start the legislative process on tax reform.   The Senate version of the fiscal year 2018 budget resolution passed by a vote of 51 to 49.   “The sole purpose of this budget resolution ... (click for more)

Jay's Owner Says She Was Drinking At Wilder Street Bar Because It Was A Surprise Party In Her Honor

Jay’s bar at 1914 Wilder St., has been cited to the beer board several times in the past and punished with the suspension of its beer license multiple times since 2013. At the Thursday morning meeting of the beer board, the owner of the business was cited again on Sept. 28, for several of the same reasons. A routine bar check conducted by Chattanooga patrol officers on a Thursday ... (click for more)

The Deer Decline At Enterprise South Nature Park

There are now 11 fewer deer to see at Enterprise Nature Park. The hunters snuck another one in secretly so as not to cause controversy.   I go to that park three or four times a week, and haven't seen any deer for months, and I used to see them all the time. They had to put out "salt licks" to attract deer from surrounding areas outside the park. Then they killed them ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: At Last! New Schools

In this me-me-me-only-me world of today, we-we-we-finally got a thrilling $125 million facility plan for the Hamilton County Department of Education on Thursday night. The School Board unanimously approved a well-thought-out “first Band-Aid” that will provide a new elementary school in Harrison, middle schools in East Hamilton and Howard, and a quite-satisfactory answer to move ... (click for more)

Baylor Wins State Volleyball Title

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – There were tears on both sides of the court at MTSU’s Murphy Center Thursday afternoon. There were tears of relief and joy for the Baylor Lady Red Raiders while the tears for the Briarcrest Lady Saints represented heartbreak and disappointment. Such is the case when two really good volleyball teams meet for the second straight year for a D-II Class AA ... (click for more)

Lanters Are Latest Sister Acts Leading Lady Flames Teams

When one looks back on the success of the Lee University women’s soccer program over the past 16 years, it is easy to see what sisters have provided. Records show the surge began in 2001 and continues today with senior Summer and freshman Anna Lanter (former Soddy Daisy High School standouts) helping spark the Lady Flames to a current 8-4 overall mark and 7-2 in the rugged Gulf ... (click for more)