ROGERSVILLE — Two Hawkins County men who provided meth to three juveniles ages 17, 14 and 14 last year at a vacant house near Surgoinsville were sentenced to eight years each last week on multiple charges.
On Friday, Kyle Thomas Dishner, 21, 140 Beechwood Hills, Lot 19, Surgoinsville, was sentenced to eight years by Judge John Dugger in exchange for guilty pleas to two counts of possession of meth with intent to deliver, three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a child and criminal trespassing.
The charges stemmed from an arrest that occurred Aug. 22, 2015.
Dishner was also ordered to pay $7,851 in fines and fees.
Dishner’s co-defendant in that case, Michael James Caldwell, 25, was sentenced by Dugger to eight years on June 20 in exchange for guilty pleas to two counts of possession of meth with intent to deliver, three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a child and criminal trespassing.
In a separate case stemming from his arrest on Nov. 17, 2015 Caldwell was sentenced to an additional three years in exchange for guilty pleas to initiating the manufacture of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal trespassing.
As a result, Caldwell’s overall sentence was 11 years.
Caldwell was also ordered to pay a total of $8,531 in fines and fees for both cases.
Dishner and Caldwell were arrested on Aug. 22, 2015, in a vacant residence near Surgoinsville where Caldwell had admittedly been “squatting” and cooking meth for several weeks.
That evening, the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office responded to a trespassing complaint at 282 Richards Road, a residence just outside the Surgoinsville city limits that has been unoccupied for several years.
Caldwell told police he was homeless and had been staying at the unoccupied residence for approximately five weeks without the consent of the owner.
A one-pot meth lab was found lying outside the house.
Caldwell allegedly admitted to having knowledge of the lab and stated it was about 2-3 weeks old.
Dishner was located inside the residence along with a 17-year-old male and two 14-year-old-year females.
Deputies also seized approximately one gram of meth packaged in six individual bags and numerous empty gram-size bags.
Dishner and the three juveniles had come to the residence to visit with Caldwell, and all three juveniles admitted to smoking and/or snorting meth with the adults.
Caldwell was arrested again on Nov. 17 while out on bail from his Aug. 22 arrest after Church Hill police found him and a woman sleeping in the back seat of a car in a field where they had allegedly been cooking meth in a nearby wooded area.
Dishner and Caldwell will each be eligible for early release after serving 30 percent of their sentences.