Meth maker to serve 12 years

COLUMBIA CITY — The man arrested for operating a rolling methamphetamine lab in Whitley County last November was sentenced to 12 years in prison in Whitley County Circuit Court Tuesday.Wayne Lynn Weaver, 40, was called a poor probation risk by Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer, who touted “multiple aggravating circumstances” in issuing the stiff sentence for manufacturing the drug.Defense attorney Brad Voelz pleaded for leniency, reporting Weaver to have been making personal progress since his incarceration Nov. 16, 2010.“What a change I’ve seen in him in three months,” said Voelz.Heuer and Whitley County Prosecutor Matt Rentschler pointed to Weaver’s criminal record, which reportedly began when he was a juvenile, along with the fact he was already wanted when the latest arrest occurred, as reasons to believe a harsher penalty was necessary.“Mr. Weaver sure has a history,” said Rentschler. “When he has been given a second chance, he has failed.”Heuer agreed.“We have a defendant here who has a significant history, both as a juvenile and as an adult,” said the judge.Weaver was given credit for 98 days served in jail.According to police, Weaver was arrested Nov. 16 after a traffic stop by a sheriff’s deputy on County Road 275 West near state Route 205.Police said Weaver had already had an outstanding warrant and was immediately taken into custody, suspected of operating a meth lab.He was initially charged with dealing in and manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, paraphernalia and controlled substances as well as failure to comply.Weaver was also accused of possession of two or more precursors with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine.Weaver pleaded guilty last month to manufacturing the drug and Rentschler dropped the other charges in exchange for a guilty plea.According to Heuer, Weaver could have received up to 20 years for the crime.