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Carroll sentenced as career criminal
Receives thirty years
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Two Smithville men were sentenced last week in DeKalb County Criminal Court, one to a 30-year term as a career criminal.A jury of seven men and five women handed down a guilty verdict against 30-year-old Scott B. Carroll, Jr. and Francisco Bustamonte, 20, on charges of initiation of a process to manufacture methamphetamine and reckless endangerment on Aug 19.The men were sentenced by Judge David Patterson Monday in DeKalb County Criminal Court.Carroll was given a 30-year sentence as a career criminal, while Bustamonte received eleven years, to run consecutively with a six-year sentence in a similar Cannon County case.Carroll and Bustamonte were convicted of manufacturing methamphetamine at a home in the Midway Community on Jan. 23.The reckless endangerment charges were levied because the meth was being produced with Carroll's 16-year-old sister-in-law inside the home.Wesley J. Hayes, 19, was charged in the case as well, but his case remains pending.Carroll has previously been convicted of aggravated robbery, attempted aggravated robbery, and worthless checks. Bustamonte's police record apparently did not match Carroll’s prolific criminal history.Bustamonte was convicted of initiation of a process to manufacture methamphetamine in Cannon County in December, 2010 and was granted judicial diversion in the case.His judicial diversion probation has since been revoked.Carroll and Bustamonte must also pay fines of $25,000 each on the drug charges, and $2,500 for reckless endangerment.Meanwhile, 44-year-old Robert Rochefort pled guilty in DeKalb County Criminal Court last week to attempted initiation of a process to manufacture methamphetamine.Patterson sentenced Rochefort to six years, and fined him $2,000. He was given jail credit from Oct. 7, 2010 to Sept. 19 of this year.Rochefort was charged with the operation of a rolling shake and bake meth lab on Oct. 7, 2010 after being arrested by a sheriff’s deputy on Coconut Ridge Road.Rochefort was arrested with 39-year-old Sandra L. Clark, and both were charged with initiation of a process intended to result in the manufacture of methamphetamine.Clark had her day in court last month.