A Draper man pleaded guilty Thursday to manufacturing a methamphetamine mixture and received the mandatory minimum sentence of three years to serve.
Under an agreement with prosecutors, Ballard Randolph Slaughter, 28, pleaded guilty to manufacturing 20 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, possession of a gun while in possession of a Schedule II substance and carrying a concealed weapon.
Three other charges of possession of precursors for the manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of a gun while in possession of drugs and possession of Oxycodone were nolle prosequi (not prosecuted with the option to re-file).
Pulaski County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Skip Schwab said the concealed weapon charge stemmed from a .45-caliber handgun found inside Slaughter’s vehicle during an Aug. 16, 2012 search in the Newbern Road area. He said police also found pills and other suspected narcotics.
As a result of laboratory tests on the seized narcotics, warrants were obtained for Slaughter and officers went to the Draper residence he shares with his mother to serve them.
As officers approached the house, Schwab said, Slaughter stepped outside with a loaded shotgun in his hands. He went back inside when the officer ordered him to put the gun down, then came back outside without the gun.
After obtaining permission from Slaughter’s mother to search the residence, police found items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, as well as a small amount of the drug and a smoking pipe.
Following the sentence set forth in the plea agreement, Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Marcus Long Jr. imposed a 10-year sentence on the manufacturing conviction and suspended all but the mandatory minimum of three years.
The gun possession conviction resulted in a three-year sentence and Slaughter received another 12 months for the concealed weapon conviction. Both of the sentences were suspended, leaving the defendant with a total of three years to serve.
Slaughter will be placed on five years of probation upon release from custody and his driver’s license was suspended for six months, as required by state code for the drug manufacturing conviction. The firearms were forfeited to the state.