Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

October 15, 2012

Second methamphetamine conviction in 2012 nets Wayne County man 15 years in prison

By Michael Schaffer - Managing editor
Daily Iowegian

CENTERVILLE — A 40-year-old Wayne County man is going to state prison for 15 years following sentencing Oct. 9 for his second meth-related controlled substance violation in 2012.

Gary Lee Smaniotto, of Seymour, had a meth-related drug conviction in April and the second conviction came in October.

Smaniotto's most recent criminal case began Aug. 1 when he was arrested for conspiracy to manufacture meth and driving while suspended following a traffic stop in Corydon by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office.

During the stop officers found items in Smaniotto's vehicle used to make meth via the "One Pot" or "Shake and Bake" method.

Smaniotto was on five years probation at the time of his Aug. 1 arrest for a meth-related conviction in April 2012 in Wayne County.

On Oct. 9 Wayne County Judge John D. Lloyd sentenced Smaniotto to a fine, 10 years in state prison and given 70 days credit for any time served on the charge of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute less than five grams of meth, a class C felony.

Smaniotto entered a voluntary, negotiated guilty plea to the charge that had an offense date of Aug. 1, 2012.

Judge Lloyd ordered the Oct. 9 sentence to run concurrently with the sentence he handed down April 24.

Judge Lloyd April 24 sentenced Smaniotto to 10 years in state prison, suspended, to five years probation, fine and given credit for any time served for the charge of conspiracy to manufacture less than five grams of meth, a class C felony with an offense date of Aug. 31, 2010.

Smaniotto was originally charged with the class B felony controlled substance violation. He entered a negotiated, voluntary guilty plea to the charge.

In the same case, Judge Lloyd April 24 sentenced Smaniotto to five years in state prison, suspended to five years probation and fine on the charge of possession of pusedoephderine, a class D felony with an offense date of July 1, 2011.

During sentencing the judge ordered those two sentences to run consecutive, or one after the other, for a total of 10 years probation or 15 years in prison.

Judge Lloyd revoked Smaniotto's probation and imposed the state prison sentence and ordered it to run concurrently, or together, with the most recent case. Smaniotto will serve 15 years in prison.

Smaniotto owes the state more than $12,000 for the prosecution of these two criminal cases.