An Iva man was sentenced to 25 years behind bars after an Abbeville County jury found him guilty Wednesday of trafficking methamphetamine, according to a news release from the 8th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.
Kenneth Earle McGill, 67, was found guilty of trafficking meth, 100-200 grams, following a two-day trial in Abbeville. Circuit Judge Donald Hocker sentenced McGill to 25 years, and since the crime is considered violent under state law, McGill will have to serve at least 85% of his sentence before being considered for parole.
McGill has at least two prior convictions of distributing meth, the release said.
In August 2018, Abbeville County deputies joined with agents from the state Department of Probation, Pardon and Parole Services to visit a residence in Abbeville County, the release said. Officers arranged to meet two men to buy meth, and one of the men — McGill — arrived with more than 115 grams of meth and about $14,000 in cash, the release said.
Senior Assistant Solicitor Micah Black and Deputy Solicitor Yates Brown handled the state’s case, while McGill was represented by Norman Epps of the Anderson County Bar.