Hancock man gets 12 years for being an habitual offender
By Dwayne Bremer
Aug 11, 2017, 17:39
Charles C. Parker
A Hancock County man this week was sentenced to 12 years in prison under the state's habitual offender law, Assistant District Attorney Crosby Parker said in a press release Friday.
Charles Craig Parker, 41, on Thursday pled guilty in Hancock County Circuit Court to two counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of tampering with evidence.
Parker has previously been convicted of several felonies including possession of a controlled substance, burglary, and possession of precursor chemicals.
Circuit Court Judge Lisa Dodson accepted Parker's plea and sentenced him to 12 years in prison.
Parker's latest conviction is connected to events on Sept. 16, 2016, when he attempted to swallow more than five grams of methamphetamines during a traffic stop. During sentencing, Parker said he began using drugs when he was 11 and that it has ruined his life.
"I have been on drugs for close to 30 years now." Parker said. "My life, instead of going forward, is steadily going backwards. I was eleven when I started smoking marijuana. When I got on meth, it turned me into a different person, a bad person."
As a "habitual" offender, Parker must serve his sentence day-for- day, officials said.
He will be given credit for the time he has served in prison while awaiting trial, officials said.