A Billings man found sleeping in his locked car with a baggie containing meth on his lap will spend more than three years in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge Susan Watters on Wednesday sentenced Jesse James Meyers, 26, to 40 months for his guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute.

Meyers, who at the time was on state probation for a felony drug conviction, faced a minimum mandatory 10 years to life in prison, but the judge imposed a sentence as recommended by defense attorney Lisa Bazant.

Prosecutor Lori Suek recommended a seven year sentence.

Watters noted Meyers’ young age and lack of supervision and role models when he was growing up.

The judge said she hoped the federal felony conviction would be “a wake-up call” for Meyers.

Prosecutors said Billings Police officers responded to a suspicious person call on the 2200 block of Sunnyview Lane on Aug. 3, 2016 and found Meyers sleeping in his locked vehicle parked along the curb. Officers could see a white crystal substance in a baggie on Meyers’ lap and on the front passenger seat.

Meyers was detained, interviewed by drug task force officers and arrested on a state probation violation. Meyers admitted to possessing meth and said he was doing a favor for a friend, prosecutors said.

Meyers’ vehicle was impounded and searched after officers got a state search warrant. Prosecutors said Meyers possessed 240 grams of pure meth, or about a half pound. Officers also found a pay-owe sheet in the vehicle, indicating potential distribution activity, the prosecution said.

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