Archive for Wednesday, April 18, 2001

33-year-old Linwood man sentenced for meth lab

April 18, 2001

A 37-year-old Linwood man has been sentenced to 40 months in prison, in connection with a methamphetamine lab discovered last August in De Soto.

U.S. District Judge Thomas VanBebber sentenced Michael A. Lisenbee to the prison term, without parole, that will be followed by five years of supervised release.

According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Lisenbee pled guilty in November to one count of attempting to manufacture more than 5 grams of methamphetamine. In his plea, Lisenbee admitted that on Aug. 3, 2000, he was at the De Soto home of Rodger and Sonya Newton when Johnson County sheriff's officers discovered a methamphetamine lab. Lisenbee also admitted that he and Rodger Newton, 30, were attempting to manufacture the drug at the home.

Rodger Newton also pled guilty in August to one count of attempting to manufacture more than 5 grams of methamphetamine. He was sentenced last month to 62 months in federal prison, without parole, to be followed by four years of supervised release.

Newton's 26-year-old wife pled guilty in November to one count of managing or controlling a building for the purpose of manufacturing methamphetamine. Her sentencing is scheduled for April 30.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration joined the Johnson County sheriff's office in the investigation of the case.

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