Hesperia man faces jail time for meth conviction.

February 13, 2017
Johnny Linville with his attorney, Tim Hayes.

Johnny Linville with his attorney, Tim Hayes.

Hesperia man faces jail time for meth conviction.

By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

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HESPERIA — A Hesperia man faces serving up to four and a half months in jail after pleading guilty during a pretrial hearing in 27th Circuit Court Monday, Feb. 13, to methamphetamine possession.

Johnny Leslie Linville, 28, of 7466 East M 20, was a fugitive wanted by SSCENT (State, Sheriffs’, Chiefs’ Enforcement of Narcotics Team) on meth manufacturing charges last fall. He was later arrested by the Michigan State Police Sixth District Fugitive Team.

Linville’s wife, Sarah Marie Linville, 26, was arrested by SSCENT on two felony counts of operating/maintaining a methamphetamine laboratory. Her charges have been dismissed.

Dismissing Sarah Linville’s charges in her “companion case” is part of Johnny Linville’s plea agreement, said Johnny Linville’s attorney, Tim Hayes in court Monday. His plea agreement calls for a maximum of four and a half months in jail.

Johnny Linville testified that the meth was found in the couple’s home on a countertop during the SSCENT investigation.

The couple was the subject of a SSCENT investigation in February of 2016.

The maximum penalty for methamphetamine possession is 10 years in prison, said Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon.

Sentencing is set for April 10 at 9 a.m. Johnny Linville remains free on bond. Judge Anthony A. Monton continued his bond as Linville awaits sentencing.

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