Schmuck sentenced to 20 years


Co-defendants also given jail time

By Matt Lasley - mlasley@civitasmedia.com



R. Hicks


D. Hicks


Schmuck


51-year-old Walter “Dr. Walt” Schmuck was sentenced 20 years in prison for multiple drug charges on Tuesday, July 21.

Schmuck—who, along with three other individuals, was arrested in a drug bust on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014—was found guilty by a Grayson County Jury of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, First Offense; Possession of Synthetic Drugs; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia on June 22 in Grayson Circuit Court, according to court documents.

On July 21, Schmuck was sentenced to 20 years in prison for Manufacturing Methamphetamine, First Offense; 30 days for Possession of Synthetic Drugs; and 12 months and a $500 fine for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, all of which are to be served concurrently, court documents read.

The jury recommended that Schmuck, originally from Angola, IN, serve the full, 20-year sentence in a state prison, as requested by Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Jeremy Logsdon, who served as prosecutor for the case.

Logsdon said in an interview last month that he requested the full 20 years because Schmuck, in addition to being a meth cook, had also been convicted of Child Molesting, a Class C Felony, in Count II in his home state of Indiana in DeKalb Circuit Court in 1993, “and he needs to be off the streets as long as possible.”

Schmuck, who also went by the alias “Luke Walt,” was charged for the aforementioned crimes following the execution of a search warrant by the Leitchfield Police Department (LPD) and Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force at 209 Goff Dr. in Leitchfield last August.

LPD Detective Brandon Cook served as lead investigator on the case and, alongside his team, observed the Goff Drive residence, which, at the time, housed six adults and two children, Logsdon said.

One of the two children was special needs with a tracheostomy and was found in the floor by police, according to Logsdon.

In addition to the LPD, Grayson County Emergency Medical Services and Child Protective Services also responded to the scene to attend to the welfare of the two children.

Based on results from running a list of individuals purchasing pseudoephedrine, an ingredient often used in the cooking of methamphetamine, and tips received from a confidential informant, police executed a search warrant at the residence and found evidence of the manufacture of methamphetamine, according to Logsdon.

“It was a meth house,” he said.

Inside the room in which Schmuck told authorities he was sleeping was a bag containing Schmuck’s ID and a night stand next to the bag that contained paraphernalia to be used for the manufacture of methamphetamine, Logsdon said.

Schmuck, who claimed to have a Doctorate in Divinity, reportedly came to Leitchfield in June of 2014 to “help” 27-year-old Rickey Hicks and 47-year-old David Hicks who were known to already be cooking meth, Logsdon said.

Also arrested on Aug. 19, were Rickey Hicks, David Hicks, and Rickey Hicks’ girlfriend, 22-year-old Amber Hatfield, all of whom agreed to testify against Schmuck, Logsdon said.

Rickey Hicks was arrested and charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, First Offense; Possession of Controlled Substance, First Degree, First Offense (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Trafficking in Synthetic Cannabinoid Agonists or Piperazines; and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, according to court documents.

Rickey Hicks pleaded guilty to all of the aforementioned crimes and was recommended to serve 10 years in prison, Logsdon said.

Rickey Hicks was sentenced on Tuesday, July 7 to 10 years in prison for Manufacturing Methamphetamine, First Offense; two years for Possession of Controlled Substance, First Degree, First Offense; 12 months for Trafficking Synthetic Cannabinoid; 90 days for Possession of Synthetic Cannabinoid; 12 months for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; 12 months for Endangering the Welfare of a Minor; and 12 months for Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, all of which are to be served concurrently.

David Hicks was arrested and charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, First Offense; Possession of Controlled Substance, First Degree, First Offense (Methamphetamine); Possession of Controlled Substance, Second Degree (Hydrocodone); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, according to court documents.

David Hicks pleaded guilty to all of the aforementioned crimes and was recommended to serve 12 years in prison, Logsdon said.

David Hicks was sentenced on Tuesday, July 7 to 12 years in prison for Manufacturing Methamphetamine, First Offense; one year for Possession of a Controlled Substance, First Degree, First Offense; 12 months for Possession of Controlled Substance, Second Degree; 12 months for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; 12 months for Endangering the Welfare of a Minor; and 12 months for Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, all of which are to be served concurrently.

Hatfield pleaded guilty to Facilitation of Manufacturing Methamphetamine and will serve five years probation, according to court documents.

R. Hicks
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D. Hicks
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_David-Hicks.jpgD. Hicks

Schmuck
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Co-defendants also given jail time

By Matt Lasley

mlasley@civitasmedia.com

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

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