A Lockwood man who dealt methamphetamine out of his home and got shot in his driveway in a gunfight with his son over a drug debt will spend more than 12 years in federal prison.
Senior U.S. District Judge Don Molloy on Monday sentenced Walter Jack White, 53, to nine years on a meth possession charge and to a consecutive three-and-a-half years for a firearms conviction.
White is among a number of defendants convicted in a trafficking ring that brought the highly addictive drug to Billings and to the Bakken oil fields for distribution beginning last year.
The judge held White responsible for about 32 pounds of meth. Molloy called the quantity of meth “extraordinary” and said White became consumed by his addiction.
“He ended up getting shot by his son,” the judge said. “Thirty two-and-a-half pounds of methamphetamine coupled with guns and violence is about as serious as you can get,” he said.
White apologized and said meth dealing wasn’t in his character but that he got addicted. When he tried to get out of it, suppliers threatened him, he said.
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White pleaded guilty to possession of meth for distribution and to possessing two firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking. The judge dismissed a third conspiracy count as part of a plea agreement.
Last month, Molloy denied White’s request to withdraw his guilty pleas, saying White’s statements at the earlier hearing indicated his pleas were voluntary and that he understood what he was doing.
White admitted he got meth from convicted dealer Tomas Alvarado, of Turlock, Calif., who was sentenced to 30 years in prison for his role in the conspiracy.
Officers arrested White in March after federal and state law enforcement officers executed a search warrant on his Lockwood home. They seized about four ounces of meth, valued at about $10,000, two handguns and more than $15,000 in cash.
The search occurred after White was shot in January outside his house and business on Lockwood Road. Authorities said White was shot by his son, Brandon Jay Joseph White, over a disputed drug debt.