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Guttenberg man gets 15 years in prison for making meth

Thaddeus Dylan Usher Thaddeus Dylan Usher

A Guttenberg man was sentenced to 15-years in prison after being convicted of manufacturing meth.

Thaddeus Dylan Usher, 35, was found guilty of manufacturing less than five grams of meth on May 18 after a two-day trial in Clayton County.  He was sentenced on Friday during a two-hour hearing.

Clayton County Attorney Alan Heavens had recommended a 45-year prison sentence, while the Department of Correctional Services recommended a 30-year sentence.  Usher, through his attorney, had requested placement in a residential facility.  The judge instead chose to sentence him to 15-years in prison.

"It troubles me to see a defendant with a 20 year history of drug abuse and prior convictions for assault, theft, and harassment," County Attorney Alan Heavens said. "This behavior had to be stopped immediately and in my view a prison sentence was the only way to accomplish that." Heavens added that he "hopes the defendant finds the motivation to become rehabilitated during his time of incarceration."

A co-defendant, 51-year-old Kevin Francis Meder of Guttenberg, pleaded guilty on December 2, 2011 to manufacturing methamphetamine and was sentenced on March 16, 2012 to a 10-year prison term.

Usher is the seventh person sent to prison in 2012 for a committing a methamphetamine related offense in Clayton County.

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