The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Police/Courts

November 6, 2013

Two Nicholas County men sentenced to time in federal prison

Two men were sentenced to federal prison for their participation in a Nicholas County methamphetamine conspiracy.

Roy Spinks Sr., of Craigsville, 59, was sentenced to two years in prison. His co-defendant, Michael Boley, 31, of Summersville, was also sentenced to two years in prison for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

Spinks, who pleaded guilty in August to making a residence available for the purpose of manufacturing methamphetamine, permitted an associate, Felicia Bess, to cook meth at his Kyler Road residence in Nicholas County.

Boley, who also pleaded guilty in August, cooked methamphetamine at Spinks’ Nicholas residence, as well as at several other locations in and around Nicholas County from October 2010 until June 2011.

Bess, 23, of Summersville, was sentenced in February to three years in prison for her participation in the conspiracy.

Also in February, Roy Spinks Jr., 39, of Craigsville, was sentenced to six years in prison for making a residence available for the purpose of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Court records say that during the conspiracy, Spinks Jr. and Bess worked together to manufacture methamphetamine using a technique known as the “shake and bake.”  Spinks Jr. also told police that he manufactured methamphetamine at several different residences in Nicholas County

In a related matter, Bratten Smith, 28, of Richwood, was sentenced in February to two years in prison. From February 2011 until May 1, 2011, Smith helped Spinks and Bess cook methamphetamine at a residence in Nicholas County. Smith also supplied pseudoephedrine and other ingredients that were used to manufacture methamphetamine. In exchange for the meth-making materials, Smith received methamphetamine for his personal use.

In addition, Shannon Ellison (3-1/2 years), Jennifer Curry (2 years), Rachel Petrey (five years and 10 months), and Terry Mullins (four years and three months), all of Nicholas County, were sentenced to federal prison earlier this year for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

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