NEWBERRY — A jury took less than an hour to find a Newberry man guilty of manufacturing methamphetamines.
Circuit Judge Frank Addy sentenced 57-year-old Vernon Jacob Livingston to 12 years in prison but suspended the sentence to six years in prison and three years of probation.
Eighth Circuit Solicitor David Stumbo started the trial against Livingston, 57, on Monday morning.
Stumbo told the jury that a call about a domestic issue led the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office to Livingston’s home near S.C. 121 and I-26 on Jan. 30, 2012. While on the scene deputies found that Livingston was cooking methamphetamines in a shed at the residence.
Stumbo told the jury that Livingston was using a “one pot” or “shake and bake” method to make the illegal substance. Livingston also had methamphetamine making materials in his truck, Stumbo said.
The case went to the jury Tuesday after more than a day of testimony. It took jurors between 30 and 40 minutes to return with a guilty verdict.
Stumbo said that Livingston had a previous conviction involving methamphetamine.
“He was a problem in the community and we are glad to take him out of business for a while,” said Stumbo. “We have a meth cook off the streets.”
Sheriff Lee Foster added that manufacturing methamphetamine is a dangerous crime and he is glad about the conviction.
Stumbo added that Investigators Robert Dennis and Nick Bouknight with the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office did a “great job” investigating the case.