Hamblen County crystal-meth dealer James E. Greenlee on Monday became another example of the huge benefits of staying out of the federal court system.
Greenlee, 42, pleaded guilty to one count of delivery of more than a half-gram of meth and one count of delivery of less than a half-gram of meth. Honoring the deal the defendant made with state prosecutors, Circuit Court Judge Alex E. Pearson sentenced Greenlee to 10 years in the probation-like community-corrections program.
If Greenlee can stay out of trouble over that time period, he could avoid additional jail time altogether.
Crystal-meth dealers indicted in federal court very rarely get these types of breaks. Those convicted of selling more than 5 grams face a presumptive five-year, minimum-mandatory federal prison term. The presumptive sentence for those convicted of selling more than 50 grams is 10 years, and federal convicts must serve 85 percent of their sentences before they’re eligible for release.
Pearson fined Greenlee $4,000 and ordered him to pay $400 in restitution to the Hamblen County Sheriff’s Department. Also Monday, Sarah E. Collins, 32, pleaded guilty to criminal responsibility for aggravated robbery, delivery of more than a half-ounce of marijuana and simple possession of methamphetamine. She received a three-year community-corrections sentence.
The other cases adjudicated Monday or during this term of criminal court and the outcomes are:
James Michael Shelton, 24, assault; 90 days; $100 fine.
Macy Diane Jones, 23, theft under $1,000; two days; $100 fine; $56.50 restitution.