Jury Convicts Butler Man On Gun And Meth Charges

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A jury found a Butler man guilty of two felonies after a trial that concluded Wednesday, Jan. 29, in Montgomery County Circuit Court in Hillsboro.

Mackenzie R. Rhodes, 42, of Butler, was convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, and possession of methamphetamine.  He was arrested at his Butler residence on Feb. 3, 2018, by the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office on a search warrant.

The weapons conviction is punishable by 3-14 years in prison, while the meth conviction carries a sentencing range of 2-10 years in prison with the possibility of probation.   Montgomery County State's Attorney Bryant Hitchings argued and ultimately proved to the jury that Rhodes, who had been convicted of a felony in Montgomery County in 2015, was in possession of both a firearm and meth in his rural Butler home.  Rhodes was represented by public defender Erin Mattson.

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