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October 22, 2012

Okla. City man gets 30 years for McAlester meth case

McALESTER — An Oklahoma City man was recently sentenced to 30 years in prison, with 15 years suspended, for a McAlester methamphetamine manufacturing case.

Tommy L. Nunnelee, 57, pleaded guilty Oct. 11 in Pittsburg County District Court to a charge of manufacturing a controlled dangerous substance (methamphetamine). He was also fined $53,533, with all but $400 suspended.

Charges of unlawful possession of a controlled drug (methamphetamine) with intent to distribute and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed.

On Aug. 7, Nunnelee was charged in the case alongside co-defendants Virginia Lee Cossey, 54, of Hartshorne, and Misty Lynn Wakefield, 34, of McAlester.

On Aug. 31, Cossey and Wakefield pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of possession of a controlled dangerous substance. They were fined $1,250 and each received a 10-year suspended sentence.

The remaining charges were dismissed for Cossey and Wakefield.

The charges arose after the District 18 Narcotics Task Force responded to a reported methamphetamine lab on Oct. 5 “just off State Highway 31, east of Hereford Lane,” a police affidavit states. After searching the area, officers allegedly found numerous items associated with the manufacturing of methamphetamine, and Nunnelee, Cossey and Wakefield were arrested and charged.

In seeking comment, the News-Capital attempted to contact Nunnelee’s attorney, Kimberly D. Adams. A representative in Adams’ office said she was unavailable and would choose not to comment if she was available.

In seeking comment, a working phone number for Cossey could not be located.

Wakefield had a lot to say about the situation, but wanted to focus her comments toward Nunnelee, her father. “He’s my dad,” she said. “And I love him. It’s one of those life experiences that because sometimes it has to get bad before it gets great, even if it wasn’t your own mistake.” Wakefield said the entire situation has been challenging for her. “But I am grateful for what I’ve learned, lost and found and where I am at now after all of it.”

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