Meth manufacturer could receive life sentence
CASSOPOLIS — A 37-year-old Mendon man faces up to life in prison after being convicted on methamphetamine charges.
Robert Holcomb normally would face up to 20 years in prison after being convicted of maintaining a methamphetamine laboratory and possession of meth, but he could be sentenced to life in prison because he has four prior felony convictions, according to Cass County Prosecutor Victor Fitz said.
Holcomb was arrested July 31 after the Cass County Drug Enforcement Team executed a search warrant at a residence in the 67000 block of M-40 in Porter Township and found drugs and methamphetamine laboratory components. Holcomb arrived at the residence as it was being searched and was found to have more than $200 worth of meth in his pocket, authorities said.
Tonniel Whitaker, who had pleaded guilty to charges related to the meth lab, testified at Holcomb’s trial that she had been at the residence three days before the police search and that Holcomb had cooked meth with her.
Holcomb did not testify at his trial. His sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 4.
Fitz said Holcomb’s convictions send a message. “The bottom line is Cass County is the wrong place to make meth,” the prosecutor said.
By Jeff Barr | Kalamazoo Gazette
October 22, 2009, 10:53AM