King, McCarty plead guilty in meth lab case

By Clinton Randall clintonrandall@civitasmedia.com

January 22, 2014

GREENVILLE - Two former fugitives on the Darke County Crime Stoppers Most Wanted list accepted a plea agreement Tuesday afternoon in a meth lab case.

Joseph D. King, 25, and Tracey D. McCarty, 43, pleaded guilty to one count each of Illegal Assembly or Possession of Chemicals for the Manufacture of Drugs (Methamphetamine), a felony of the third degree.

King and McCarty were indicted on three felony counts of methamphetamine related charges stemming from a Feb. 7, 2013 offense at 9690 Greenville St. Mary’s Rd. They were later placed on the Most Wanted list and were captured in October 2013 after a Crime Stoppers tip led authorities to a residence in Anna, Texas where they were staying.

Darke County Common Pleas Court Judge Jonathan P. Hein immediately sentenced King to 30 months in prison Tuesday after he entered a guilty plea in the case. King was given 111 days of jail credit for being incarcerated since the arrest in Texas.

McCarty, who is currently free on bond, will return for sentencing March 6 pending a pre-sentence investigation with the Darke County Adult Probation Department. According to Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Deborah S. Quigley, a prison sentence is presumed in her case, but not mandatory.

Edward Dingman, Jr. and Jacob Hart, co-defendants of King and McCarty in the case, were both sentenced to a community control sanction of up to 60 months after pleading guilty in November 2013 to the same count of Illegal Assembly or Possession of Chemicals for the Manufacture of Drugs (Methamphetamine).