20 year prison sentence in Meth "Shake and Bake" Case

Circuit Judge William Wright sentenced a Sneads woman Tuesday to 20 years in prison for her part in a meth-lab fire that damaged a hotel room.

Assistant State Attorney Shad Redmon showed jurors during the trial in August that Alicia Faye Baxter, 31, of 2203 Walden Road, Sneads, had rented a room at the Microtel Inn and Suites on Oct. 31, 2009, so that she and another person could cook and smoke

But the “shake and bake” method they were using caused the mixture to explode, catching the bathroom on fire.

Baxter and the man fled the room and the hotel’s sprinkler system extinguished the fire. The Jackson County Drug Task force tracked down Baxter at her aunt’s home and made the arrest.

Baxter was convicted of attempted manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of listed chemicals and first-degree arson.

Judge Wright sentenced her to five years on the possession charge, 15 for manufacturing and 20 on the arson charge, then ordered the penalties to be served concurrently.

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