2015-07-23 / Front Page

Spencer Man Pleads Guilty Tuesday To Manufacturing Methamphetamine

Staff Report

Jesse Franklin Chapman, 32, of Spencer, appeared in the Owen Circuit Court I on Tuesday for a sentencing hearing in front of Judge Lori Thatcher Quillen for the offense of manufacturing methamphetamine, a class B-felony. Chapman was charged with the offense following a joint investigation conducted by the Indiana State Police (ISP) and the Spencer Police Department.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed by ISP Trooper Josh Allen, during July of 2013 the state police were searching the pseudoephedrine purchase logs at area retailers and found that Jesse Chapman had been purchasing large quantities of pseudoephedrine. Meanwhile, according to a report prepared by Spencer Town Marshal Richard Foutch, his department had received information that Chapman had been “cooking meth” out at his family’s property on Chapman Road.

The information was exchanged between the two departments and they immediately began conducting surveillance on Chapman. Trooper Allen’s report reveals that while watching Chapman go to various establishments, he was observed purchasing items commonly used to produce methamphetamine. Ultimately, officers followed Chapman’s vehicle to his residence on Chapman Road and there they discovered an active “one pot” meth lab.

According to Owen County Prosecutor Don VanDerMoere, Chapman was sentenced to fourteen years at the Indiana Department of Corrections with five years executed and nine years suspended to probation. During the sentencing portion of the hearing, Chapman admitted to having a lengthy criminal history which included several drug-related convictions.

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