Jury gives man 37 years for theft, drugs

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A Miller County jury sentenced a repeat offender to 37 years in prison last week.

Tobey Lee McCarley, 40, was convicted of theft by receiving, possession of methamphetamine under two grams, possession of drug paraphernalia and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms. The jury sentenced McCarley to 10-year, 12-year, 10-year and five-year terms and asked that Circuit Judge Kirk Johnson run the sentences consecutively.

McCarley and co-defendant Brian Mudd, 37, were sentenced to 45 years by a jury in March. According to a probable cause affidavit, McCarley and Mudd tried to sell a collection of stolen antique signs in March 2017 to someone who suspected the property was stolen. Investigators with the Miller County Sheriff’s Office located the signs in the front yard of a trailer in the 6900 block of McClure Road in Miller County.

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The signs were partially covered by a tarp. McCarley’s red truck was parked outside. After acquiring a search warrant for the trailer to determine if additional stolen property could be located, investigators entered the trailer.

Inside the trailer, deputies found Mudd and McCarley hiding under furniture. Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia including spoons with drug residue and syringes were found as well.

Both men were charged as habitual offenders in the case. Both still have pending charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in Miller County related to guns allegedly found with the men at the time of their arrests in March 2017.

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