Vinton man sentenced to additional prison time

Amber Gillenwater

January 16, 2014

GALLIPOLIS — A Gallia County man who has been sentenced to serve prison time through a Fairfield County Common Pleas Court case was sentenced on Tuesday in the Common Pleas Court of Gallia County to serve additional prison time.

Teddy A. Russell, 38, Vinton, was sentenced on Tuesday to serve a total of 24 months in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction after he pleaded guilty to a charge of having weapons under disability.

An indictment in this case was filed on September 10, and Russell subsequently pleaded not guilty to one count of the manufacture of methamphetamine, a felony of the second degree; possessing the chemicals used to manufacture the drugs, including 15 one-pot reaction vessels that were all acid gas generators, as well as cut and scored lithium batteries, a third degree felony; and being in the possession of a Rossi single shot 410 shotgun on August 9, 2013, having not been relieved of weapons disability.

Russell was previously sentenced in Gallia County to serve 11 months in a state prison after he pleaded guilty in 2011 to possessing one and a half Opana tablets on January 17, 2011.

He was initially placed on probation for 24 months, but, after violations were filed in this case on October 3, 2011, he was subsequently sentenced to 11 months of imprisonment in November 2011 and granted 33 days of credit for time served.

According to the Fairfield County Clerk of Courts online docket, Russell was indicted in that county in September 2012 and was charged with complicity to commit the illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto the grounds of a detention facility, a felony of the third degree.

After pleading guilty to a reduced charge, he was subsequently sentenced to serve 12 months in a state prison in relation to this case.

During his hearing on Tuesday in Gallia County, the prosecution dismissed the two meth-related charges in this case after the defendant had entered his guilty plea to having weapons under disability.

He was given credit for a total of 128 days served in this case and was ordered to pay the costs of prosecution.