Could face additional time as habitual offender
A Webster Parish man who was convicted in August of creating a clandestine meth lab and simple arson has been sentenced.
Charles Wynne, Jr. will spend 10 years in prison on the meth lab charge with an extra five years tacked on for arson.
In addition, Bossier-Webster District Attorney Schuyler Marvin has filed a habitual offender bill of information, and a hearing has been set for January 4.
Judge Ford Stinson could have sentenced Wynne to up to 30 years on the meth charge and 15 years on the arson charge.
It took a 12-person jury less than an hour to convict.
Marvin said Wynne was arrested when Webster Parish Sheriff's deputies and the Springhill Fire District were notified of a fire at Wynne's Springhill residence in November 2010.
"Wynne was badly burned during the fire and explosion and claimed he started the fire for warmth," Marvin said.
However, investigators reportedly determined the propane tank used by Wynne did not contain propane, but instead was filled with anhydrous ammonia, a chemical necessary for manufacturing methamphetamine.
"According to testifying investigators, anhydrous ammonia is used for farming, and Wynne was definitely not a farmer," Marvin said. "The fire completely destroyed the house."