ANDERSON — A man who was found guilty on methamphetamine charges was sentenced to prison Monday, but his family said they felt the sentence was fair.
Tony L. Julian, 31, of Anderson was sentenced to 10 years in the Department of Correction by Judge Thomas Newman. Julian was found guilty of dealing meth, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of chemical precursors and false informing in a jury trial in May. The 12-member jury found him not guilty on a fifth charge of possession of meth, a Class D felony. Julian had been released on parole on a separate charge the same week he was convicted again.
According to a probable cause affidavit and police testimony, on Nov. 28, 2012, Drug Task Force Detective Clifford Cole was tipped off that 36-year-old Christopher Douglas was cooking meth at Julian's apartment in the 2300 block of Broadway, Anderson. Cole and Anderson officer Willie Ray went to investigate the home and immediately smelled a chemical odor they believed to be meth manufacturing in progress.
When they knocked on the door, Julian wouldn't let them inside and told them Douglas wasn't in the apartment. The officers later returned with backup units, and Julian finally opened the door. Detectives found Douglas hiding in a bathroom. They also found chemical ingredients for making meth in a backpack, as well as two bags of powder that tested positive for about 3.8 grams of meth.
In an interview with police, Julian reiterated that he didn't know Douglas was in the home, but Douglas reportedly told officers that he was there to cook meth with Julian and that Julian knew he was there.
Douglas, who testified on Friday, pleaded guilty to the meth charges in February 2013 and received a 10-year sentence.
During the trial, Julian said the charges were trumped up and that he was willing to plead on a lesser offense but the prosecutors wanted stiffer convictions.