Gold Hill Man Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison after Trading Drugs for Power Tools.
Tommy James Loftis, 35, pleaded guilty yesterday in Jackson County circuit court to six counts of first degree theft and received a 15 month prison sentence.
Methamphetamine was the focus of a March 2012 search warrant at Loftis’ Gold Hill residence, where authorities found stolen welders, drills, air compressors, chainsaws, weed trimmers and construction tools.
Charges of burglary, criminal mischief and possession of meth were dismissed in exchange for his guilty plea.
A key witness, Casey Lee Sparks, died in a traffic crash in May of 2012. Sparks allegedly would have testified to Loftis’ intent to take stolen goods for drugs.