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Eight-year sentence handed to defendant who failed to appear in court on drug charges

The charges against him involved drugs. He was looking at 15 counts, but two were dismissed. 

That left 13 counts that included possession of a controlled substance with the purpose to deliver (methamphetamine), several counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, fleeing, theft, and failure to appear in court — just to name a few.

Yet, it was the failure to appear in court and the fleeing by the defendant, identified in Stone County Circuit Court information as Mason Patrick (pictured), 27, that drew the stiffest penalties for each: eight years in prison.

The judge did allow the sentences on each count to run concurrently. That basically means that the most severe penalty in the number of years will be what the defendant will be sentenced. In this case, that was eight years.

Patrick was also fined $2,500 plus court costs and other fees. He was also given credit for spending 45 days in jail before his negotiated plea of guilty was accepted by the court.

For more on Patrick, click herehere, and here.

Image via Stone County Jail

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