Caudill gets five years for cooking crystal meth


By Jane Beathard - For The Madison Press



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A London man, found guilty in March of cooking crystal meth at a Karen Drive home north of the city, will spend the next five years in prison.

A jury convicted Scott A. Caudill, 44, 228 Sullivan Ave., of multiple felony counts involving the illegal manufacture and possession of methamphetamine.

On Friday, Madison County Common Pleas Judge Eamon Costello sentenced Caudill to five years behind bars for those convictions. He also ordered Caudill to pay a $7,500 fine and court costs.

Caudill has consistently denied involvement in any criminal activity and has never expressed remorse, according to Assistant Madison County Prosecutor Nick Adkins.

“He is only sorry for being caught,” Adkins said.

Caudill was one of three men charged last fall with making crystal meth at 3055 Karen Drive — then the home of Travis Basham.

Deputies were serving a warrant on Basham in September when they stumbled upon evidence of a meth lab in a shed on the Karen Drive property, court documents said.

Basham, 36, pleaded guilty to drug-related charges in November and is currently serving a four-year prison sentence. He testified against Caudill in March.

A third accused member of the alleged drug-making enterprise, John McCoy, 49, of 458 Samantha Circle, London, pleaded guilty on March 16 to manufacturing and possessing methamphetamine.

However, McCoy’s sentencing on Friday was postponed, pending a mental health examination for competency.

Defense attorney, Thomas Arrington, said his client appeared delusional.

McCoy believes he was implanted with a tracking device that would prove he was not at the Karen Drive address when methamphetamine was manufactured, Arrington said.

Costello then revoked McCoy’s bond and ordered the man jailed pending the mental health assessment.

In other common pleas court action on Friday:

• Joshua A. Davis, 35, 1115 E. Choctaw Drive, London, was sentenced to a year in prison after pleading guilty to selling cocaine, heroin and prescription painkillers in June and July last year. He was initially charged with five counts of drug trafficking. However, two counts were dismissed as part of a plea bargain.

Prior to sentencing, Davis complimented his court-appointed defense lawyer, Mike Murray, for negotiating the plea deal.

“He’s the best,” Davis said of Murray.

The comment drew laughter from Costello and court staff who are unaccustomed to such enthusiasm from prison-bound defendants.

• Mandy Ellis, 36, of 35 Vernon Ave., London, pleaded guilty to three counts of selling heroin in June last year. Two additional counts were dismissed as part of a plea bargain.

Ellis now faces up to 36 months in prison and $7,500 in fines. However, she could be placed on community control, pending the outcome of a pre-sentence investigation.

Costello set sentencing for May 19 and continued Ellis’ signature bond.

• Kimberly Armentrout, 46, 143 Garfield Ave., London, was sentenced to a year of community control and ordered to undergo substance abuse assessment after pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges of receiving stolen property. A felony charge of forgery was dismissed by the prosecutor’s office.

Armentrout was also ordered to pay $225 in restitution to her victims — all members of her family.

• Collin Reber, 20, 2149 Chickasaw Drive, London, pleaded guilty to theft and forgery, stemming from incidents in September last year. Additional theft charges were dismissed as part of a plea bargain.

Reber faces up to two years in prison and $5,000 in fines for the convictions. However, he is likely to be placed on community control, pending the outcome of a pre-sentence investigation.

Costello set sentencing for June 16.

• Michael Riggle, 41, of Reynoldsburg, was sentenced to nine months in prison for possessing heroin and crack cocaine during a routine traffic stop in February. An additional drug possession charge was dismissed as part of a plea bargain.

Riggle was given credit for 65 days served in Tri-County Regional Jail.

• James G. Lawhun, 34, 35 Vernon Ave., London, pleaded guilty to two counts of selling drugs. An additional drug trafficking charge was dismissed. Lawhun now faces up to 30 months in prison and $7,500 in fines. However, he’s eligible for community control, pending the outcome of a pre-sentence investigation.

Costello set sentencing for May 19.

• Christopher M. Riley, 31, 8 Lamplight Court, London, was charged with violating terms of his community control for a February drug possession conviction. He’s accused of failing a March 23 drug test.

Riley said he will hire Fred Ballam to represent him at a future hearing.

If Riley posts his $1,500 bond, he will be on house arrest with electronic monitoring at his mother’s home.

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By Jane Beathard

For The Madison Press

Jane Beathard is a contributing writer for The Madison Press.

Jane Beathard is a contributing writer for The Madison Press.