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Woman gets 13.5 year sentence on methamphetamine conspiracy

John Thompson • Feb 19, 2020 at 9:40 PM

ELIZABETHTON — A plea agreement accepted in Carter County Criminal Court on Tuesday could mean an additional option for local law enforcers and prosecutors in handling methamphetamine charges.

On Tuesday, Kristin Dawn Bach, 32, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess 300 grams or more of methamphetamine with the intent to sell or deliver. The charge is a Class A felony. This was a charge that was placed on more than 40 people arrested in August in a roundup by the Carter County Sheriff’s Department, the Elizabethton Police Department and agents of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

A special grand jury met on the roundup and returned a true bill that included the conspiracy to possess and distribute the drugs between Jan 1, 2019, and Aug 13, 2019.

After Bach entered her plea agreement, Judge Stacy Street sentenced her to 13 years and 6 months. She was classified as a mitigated prisoner and her sentence could be mitigated to 20 percent.

Carter County Sheriff Dexter Lunceford said he was pleased with the length of sentence handed down. In the past, the high-profile methamphetaime arrests were usually taken to federal court in Greeneville, where it was more likely a longer sentence would be handed down. Lunceford said it just means his drug enforcement officers now have another option.

Assistant District Attorney General Dennis Brooks praised the work of the local drug enforcement officers and their willingness to try different tactics, such as the conspiracy charge.

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