A convicted felon faces up to four years in prison after pleading guilty to bringing methamphetamine into the Madison County Jail and for breaking his probation earlier this year.
Tyrell Fisher and his court appointed attorney, Trent Grant, came before Seventh District Judge Steve Boyce on Monday. During the hearing, Fisher pleaded guilty to introducing or attempting to introduce contraband into a correction facility in exchange for the state dropping a second felony of possessing methamphetamine. Fisher also pleaded guilty to breaking his probation by bringing the drug into the jail.
Madison County Deputy Prosecutor McKinzie Cole suggested sentencing Fisher to a unified four-year sentence.
“He has struggled on probation. He’s also been on parole. He was recently in mental health court (but was) terminated from that court,” she said. “Hopefully, this additional time will allow for him to come up with a plan to be successful when he gets out. He will get out at some point.”
Grant agreed with the four-year sentence and said that Fisher had helped craft his punishment.
“(Tyrell) was very instrumental in putting this plea agreement together. He was very involved with negotiations in sending this forth,” Grant said.
Fisher also spoke and apologized for his behavior.
“This process has taught me quite a lot about life and expectations in the community. I appreciate my representation in the process,” he said.
Boyce then sentenced Fisher and said that his new sentence would run concurrent with his other sentences — meaning they would run at the same time.
Boyce noted Fisher’s significant criminal history and said that Fisher needed to serve additional time for bringing methamphetamine into the county jail.
“You should never introduce a drug like that (into jail). There has to be a punishment for that,” Boyce said.
“I’m sorry, Your Honor,” Fisher said.
Boyce also fined Fisher $500 and required him to pay $250 in reimbursement for his public defender costs.
“It’s always kind of a shame to see somebody have to go to prison, but that’s where we are. Take advantage of all the things you can (while in prison), so when you’re on parole, you’ll do better,” he said.