Meth conviction upheld

By Eddie Mowen Jr. -

BUTLER COUNTY — The Twelfth District Court of Appeals recently affirmed the conviction of a Preble County man who was found guilty on various offenses related to the manufacture, assembly, and possession of methamphetamine.

Deputies with the Preble County Sheriff’s Office arrested David Shindeldecker after observing him operating a vehicle while on a suspended license.

During a search, deputies located a clear plastic container of methamphetamine in Shindeldecker’s jacket, as well as several packages of pseud oephedrine located in Shindeldecker’s vehicle.

A subsequent search on Shindeldecker’s property revealed the location of a methamphetamine lab.

Following a jury trial, Shindeldecker was found guilty of six counts, including illegal manufacture of drugs and sentenced to a five-year prison term.

On appeal, Shindeldecker claimed that he had no knowledge of the methamphetamine located in his jacket and denied any involvement in the methamphetamine lab located on his property.

Therefore, Shindeldecker claimed that his convictions were “against the weight of the evidence.”

In addition, Shindeldecker also challenged the admission of certain evidence and the trial court’s sentencing decision. Writing for a unanimous court, Presiding Judge Mike Powell found no errors in the admission of certain evidence used to convict Shindeldecker and his subsequent conviction was supported by the weight of the evidence.

According to the appeals court, the trial court’s decision to impose a five-year prison sentence was supported by the record.

Judges Robert P. Ringland and Robert A. Hendrickson concurred in the opinion. The decision of the Twelfth District Court of appeals affirmed the trial court’s decision.

By Eddie Mowen Jr.

Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH.

Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH.