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Brighton man convicted of meth, gun charges

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On Wednesday, March 26, a Tipton County jury returned verdicts of guilty as charged to the class b felony offense of initiation of manufacture of methamphetamine, the class c felony offense of possession of firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony (two counts), the class d felony offense of promotion of methamphetamine manufacture, and the class a misdemeanor offense of resisting arrest, against James Robert Christensen Jr. of Brighton, following a one-day jury trial in Covington.  
Christensen was originally indicted in November 2013, and charged with the above crimes related to an investigation involving the manufacture of methamphetamine on Aug. 3, 2013 at his residence located at 342 Beaver Creek Lane in Brighton.   
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Friday, May 2 in the Tipton County Circuit Court.  
As a standard Range I offender, Christensen faces a mandatory minimum sentence of three years at 100 percent for each of the possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony convictions, consecutive to a range of punishment of from eight to 12 years at 30 percent for the initiation of manufacture of methamphetamine conviction; from two to four years at 30 percent for the promotion of methamphetamine manufacture conviction; and up to 11 months, 29 days at 75 percent for the Resisting Arrest conviction.  
The district attorney’s office would like to thank the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office for their excellent police work in investigating and arresting the defendant in this case, and would further like to recognize Assistant District Attorney General Walt Freeland, who did an outstanding job in preparing and presenting this violent case to the jury.  
“This case demonstrates the continuing commitment of the district attorney’s office in aggressively prosecuting and holding accountable any person who commits methamphetamine and weapons offenses in this district, and I am glad that we were able to achieve justice for the community in this case,”said District Attorney General Mike Dunavant.  

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