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.

 


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