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Last updated: March 18. 2014 6:46PM - 1927 Views
Beth Sergent bsergent@civitasmedia.com



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POINT PLEASANT — Sentences have been handed down in two separate cases dealing with meth labs.


Douglas Matheny, 41, Leon, appeared before Judge David W. Nibert Tuesday in Mason County Circuit Court, receiving a sentence of not less than one nor more than five years in the jail in the custody of the West Virginia Department of Corrections. Earlier this month, Matheny entered a plea of guilty to the felony offense of manufacture a controlled substance.


Back in September 2013, Matheny was arrested by personnel with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department after receiving a tip that an active meth lab was allegedly being operated at a residence on Dunham Rd. in Leon. During the course of the investigation, the department stated deputies were able to locate several alleged items in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. A meth tech with the sheriff’s department processed the scene, collected samples and disposed of the hazardous materials.


Matheny was then charged by the January term of the grand jury for operate or attempt to operate a clandestine drug laboratory and manufacture a controlled substance. In exchange for his plea of guilty to manufacture a controlled substance, the charge of operate or attempt to operate a clandestine drug laboratory was dismissed.


Matheny was given credit for 171 days already served in jail and assessed $277 in court costs and fines.


Bobbi J. Stranahan, age unreported, Point Pleasant, also recently appeared before Judge Nibert who sentenced her in a separate case dealing with meth. Stranahan was sentenced to the West Virginia Department of Corrections for not less than one year nor more than five. Nibert stayed her sentence, placed her on probation for three years and committed her to the Day Report program. If Stranahan violates her probation, her original sentence could be reinstated.


Stranahan was sentenced after entering a plea of guilty to felony conspiracy. A September 2013 grand jury indicted Stranahan on three counts, including the count she pleaded guilty to as well as attempt to commit a felony and operate or attempt to operate a clandestine drug laboratory. Stranahan was indicted as a result of an incident which took place along Letart Rd. last May. She was listed on a joint indictment with three other defendants. The Mason County Post of the West Virginia State Police was the lead investigating agency in this case.


Prosecuting these cases were personnel from the office of Mason County Prosecuting Attorney R. Craig Tatterson.


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