Jimmy Hendricks, 26, of Franklin, was sentenced to 24 years in prison Thursday after being convicted by a jury of Level 3 felony dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a syringe, carrying a handgun without a permit, and resisting law enforcement, as well as being an habitual offender.
The case originated on June 11, when Shelbyville Police Department officer Jared Scudder noticed Hendricks and another man walking very animatedly, appearing that they were about to fight. Scudder pulled up to check on them, and Hendricks was immediately abrasive with Officer Scudder.
While Scudder spoke with the other man, Hendricks turned his back to Scudder and was reaching to his waist area. Fearing that Hendricks was pulling a gun, Officer Scudder pulled his gun on Hendricks and ordered him to show his hands. Hendricks pulled a pistol from his waist and ran behind a nearby house, where he found that two sides of the yard were covered by a high privacy fence, and the third side had a chain-link fence containing three aggressive dogs.
Hendricks ran back out of the front of the house after tossing a fully-loaded 9mm Smith and Wesson pistol (and a fully-loaded extra magazine). As he emerged from behind the house, SPD Officer Buckley pulled his taser and ordered Hendricks to stop. Hendricks then tripped to the ground over his pants, which had fallen down. Hendricks was also found to have extra 9mm ammunition, digital scales, 10 small bindles of methamphetamine, and one larger bindle of methamphetamine – totaling just under two grams. He also had what appeared to be spice, as well as some crushed pills, which were packaged to appear like heroin.
“In seeking the enhanced sentence, I argued primarily that Hendricks’ substantial criminal record justified the aggravated sentence,” said Shelby County Prosecutor James Landwerlen. “In the eight years he has been an adult, he has been accumulated seven misdemeanor convictions and eight felony convictions, and has repeatedly failed probation, home detention, and work release. I also argued the danger of the situation – pointing out that Hendricks was not drawing the gun during an angry argument with the officer to simply show Officer Scudder the cool new grips on the pistol. He has simply chosen and established a criminal lifestyle despite various Courts’ attempts to rehabilitate him.”
Judge R. Kent Apsley suspended two years of the sentence, leaving 22 years to be served in prison, followed by two years of home detention, including 180 days of home detention.
“I’m glad to see that we have one less dangerous dude dealing deadly substances on the streets of Shelbyville,” Landwerlen said.