Drug Free School Zone conviction means man must serve full 8 years of sentence

John Thompson • Sep 7, 2018 at 11:22 PM

ELIZABETHTON — A man convicted of selling methamphetamine can expect to serve a lot more time in prison because he was convicted of selling in a drug-free school zone.

Steven Alfred Humphrey II, 28, was sentenced to eight years in prison when he appeared before Judge Stacy Street in Carter County Criminal Court on Wednesday.

Although Humphrey was sentenced as a standard offender, he must serve 100 percent of his sentence because of the Drug Free Zone law.

The Elizabethton Police Department reported that Humphrey sold more than half a gram of methamphetamine to a confidential informant May 2, 2017. The department said the sale was within 1,000 feet of a school.

Humphrey pleaded guilty to the charge and a second methamphetamine sale of 0.79 grams to a confidential informant on Oct. 18, 2016. He was sentenced to serve eight years on this conviction, which was to run concurrently with the first charge. Two other charges of sale of methamphetamine were dismissed.

In addition to the sentences, Humphrey was also assessed two fines of $2,000 each and ordered to make two payments of $250 to the drug testing fund. Humphrey will get credit for time served.

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