Man, wife facing gun, drug charges

Published 5:00 am Monday, October 12, 2009

MONTICELLO – A Silver Creek man may face more than a century ofprison time after a search by Lawrence County Sheriff’s Departmentofficials uncovered a variety of alleged violations.

LCSD narcotics agent Scott Stormo said Matthew Parkman, 46, of10 Matt Parkman Lane, could be looking at 150 years in prison afterdeputies executed a search warrant at his home Wednesday night andfound several more violations than they came looking for.

Stormo said deputies arrived at the home to search for suspectedweapons, which Parkman is not allowed to own due to his status as aconvicted felon. However, deputies not only found the nine variousfirearms they were searching for, but also methamphetamine andmarijuana.

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“We found the guns and marijuana in plain view as soon as wewalked in the house,” Stormo said. “That allowed us to broaden oursearch.

Parkman is charged with nine counts of possession of a firearmby a convicted felon, possession of a schedule three controlledsubstance while in possession of a firearm and possession of methwhile in possession of firearm.

Stormo said the weapons charges are 10 years each, whilepossession of meth is a 30-year sentence. With the charges enhancedbecause of Parkman’s status as a convicted felon and thecombination of illegal substances and firearms, Parkman could befacing 150 years.

Parkman’s wife, Bedonna Parkman, 53, was also detained andcharged with possession of marijuana while in possession of afirearm and possession of drug paraphernalia. Stormo said hercharges were misdemeanors.

Stormo said officers began to suspect the Parkmans of illegallypossessing weapons and drug activity after speaking withconfidential informants.