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Fairlawn man sentenced to 52 years in prison

PULASKI — Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Colin R. Gibb on Thursday imposed a jury-recommended 52-year prison sentence on a Fairlawn man who insisted on representing himself during his four-day trial in November.
It took the jury a little more than three hours to convict Ronald Layne Meredith II of nine out of 10 charges in connection with a plot to kill a man and his family, and then to escape from jail after being arrested.
Meredith was convicted of brandishing a firearm, two counts of possession of a firearm after having been convicted of a felony, conspiracy to commit escape, possession of a silencer, attempted escape, two counts of misdemeanor destruction of property and solicitation to commit murder.
Meredith faced a maximum of 68 years on the convictions, but the jury recommended he serve 49 years in prison and 36 months in jail for a total sentence of 52 years.
The only charge for which he was acquitted was a charge of petit larceny stemming from his alleged theft of some beverages from Wal-Mart.
After being convicted, but before the jury recommended a sentence, Meredith asked the jury to have mercy on him. He said he was on “a great deal of strong medications” at the time of the crimes, of which he continued Thursday to insist he is innocent. He also contended he should be shown mercy due to his handicap. One of Meredith’s legs has been removed above the knee.
According to witness testimony, Meredith wore a leg prosthesis at the time of the crimes.
Meredith told the jury “no one actually got hurt,” and he pointed out that Bobby Jones, his “alleged victim (of the murder solicitation),” had testified he didn’t believe the allegations when he heard that Meredith had planned to murder him and his family.
However, Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Fleenor countered Meredith’s argument, telling the jury the only reason no one got hurt was because the man Meredith recruited to help him kill Jones tipped off police.
Meredith said nothing was ever going to happen because “there was never any plot.”
Meredith also denied plotting with his wife to escape from jail.
“I’m not guilty of these things. I didn’t do them,” Meredith said.
Fleenor called Meredith “a drug dealer who wasn’t very good at collecting (money owed).”
According to testimony in November, Meredith was going to kill Jones and his family to send a message to others owing him money that there is no limit to what he will do to get his money.

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Fairlawn man sentenced to 52 years in prison

PULASKI — Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Colin R. Gibb on Thursday imposed a jury-recommended 52-year prison sentence on a Fairlawn man who insisted on representing himself during his four-day trial in November.
It took the jury a little more than three hours to convict Ronald Layne Meredith II of nine out of 10 charges in connection with a plot to kill a man and his family, and then to escape from jail after being arrested.
Meredith was convicted of brandishing a firearm, two counts of possession of a firearm after having been convicted of a felony, conspiracy to commit escape, possession of a silencer, attempted escape, two counts of misdemeanor destruction of property and solicitation to commit murder.
Meredith faced a maximum of 68 years on the convictions, but the jury recommended he serve 49 years in prison and 36 months in jail for a total sentence of 52 years.
The only charge for which he was acquitted was a charge of petit larceny stemming from his alleged theft of some beverages from Wal-Mart.
After being convicted, but before the jury recommended a sentence, Meredith asked the jury to have mercy on him. He said he was on “a great deal of strong medications” at the time of the crimes, of which he continued Thursday to insist he is innocent. He also contended he should be shown mercy due to his handicap. One of Meredith’s legs has been removed above the knee.
According to witness testimony, Meredith wore a leg prosthesis at the time of the crimes.
Meredith told the jury “no one actually got hurt,” and he pointed out that Bobby Jones, his “alleged victim (of the murder solicitation),” had testified he didn’t believe the allegations when he heard that Meredith had planned to murder him and his family.
However, Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Fleenor countered Meredith’s argument, telling the jury the only reason no one got hurt was because the man Meredith recruited to help him kill Jones tipped off police.
Meredith said nothing was ever going to happen because “there was never any plot.”
Meredith also denied plotting with his wife to escape from jail.
“I’m not guilty of these things. I didn’t do them,” Meredith said.
Fleenor called Meredith “a drug dealer who wasn’t very good at collecting (money owed).”
According to testimony in November, Meredith was going to kill Jones and his family to send a message to others owing him money that there is no limit to what he will do to get his money.

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