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Meth maker gets 16 years in prison

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By Rich Bauer, Managing Editor

Two months after his wife accepted a lengthy prison term for being involved in the manufacture of methamphetamine, a rural Beecher City man was also given a double-digit sentence.

Charles E. Grifftith, 48, was given a 16-year sentence by Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge S. Gene Schwarm at the conclusion of a hearing last Thursday.

Griffith was sentenced to prison two months after a Fayette County jury found him guilty of participation in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

The jury returned the verdict after deliberating for a little more than 90 minutes. The trial lasted two days.

Griffith and his wife, Diana L. Griffith, were charged on Dec. 13, 2006, with Class X methamphine-manufacture offenses after a raid on their residence by the Fayette County Sheriff's Office. The charges initially filed carried a penalty of up to 60 years in prison.

Fayette County State's Attorney Stephen Friedel charged the Griffiths with making more than 900 grams of methamphetamine.

Diana Griffith, 47, accepted a plea bargain at the end of July that included a 10-year prison sentence.

She pleaded guilty to the manufacture of less than 400 grams of meth.

The charge against Charles Griffith was later amended to allege the manufacture of between 400 and 900 grams of meth. That charge carries a penalty that includes a sentence of up to 50 years in prison.