Hawkins County resident Johnny Shane Brown, the No. 15 defendant in a 15-defendant conspiracy allegedly headed by Ohio resident Charles Frank Wallace, indicated Monday he’ll plead guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of crystal meth, which normally triggers a mandatory minimum, 10-year federal prison term, according to court documents.
Brown’s had no other option. He had confessed twice to selling crystal meth, according to his plea agreement.
The first Mirandized interview was on Jan. 28, 2019 at the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department in the presence of Hawkins County narcotics investigators and members of the Third Judicial District Drug Task Force.
“Brown admitted to driving Rachel Brewer around while she sold methamphetamine,” his plea agreement states. “While minimizing his role, he did say they were moving an ounce a day.”
Brewer was indicted in a related drug conspiracy in Sullivan County. During Brown’s second interview, he confessed to selling crystal meth with codefendants James Powell and Stephanie Michelle Bailey, both of whom have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.
Brown and Powell were together in April 2019 when law enforcement officials found 42 grams of crystal meth inside Brown’s car, according to his plea agreement.
In another federal prosecution that originated in Hawkins County, Phillip David Williams, who in 2013 was sentenced to 94 months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to manufacture meth and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, is facing additional time behind bars for allegedly breaking post-release rules.
Williams, 54, missed court-ordered drug screens in June and July, and failed tosubmit his required monthly supervision report in May and June. He was supposed to be living with his mother, but she reported in late July that she had not seen or had contact with him since early May, according to an arrest petition obtained by his probation officer.
U.S. Magistrate Cynthia Richardson Wyrick ruled Monday that Williams will remain in custody until his revocation case in adjudicated. Williams’ revocation hearing is scheduled for Sept. 28. His guidelines-range revocation sentence is six months to a year. The most time he could get is three years, according to the arrest petition.
Williams, who represented his arrest in 2012 could have saved his life, didn’t start using meth until he was 35 years old. He later traded pills for meth, “and eventually manufactured methamphetamine to support his habit,” Nikki Price, a federal public defender, wrote in the defense sentencing memorandum.