Preble County, Ohio Prosecutor's OfficeMartin P. Votel, Prosecuting Attorney

Shindeldecker Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Manufacturing Methamphetamine

Published on June 8th, 2015


David Shindeldecker, age 40, has been convicted by a Preble County jury of “Illegal Manufacturing of Methamphetamine” and sentenced by the Preble County Court of Common Pleas to Five (5) years in prison.

On Thursday, May 28, 2015, a Preble County petit jury found David Shindeldecker, age 40, guilty of the following offenses: “Illegal Manufacture of Drugs”, a felony of the first degree, (2925.04(A)), “Illegal Assembly of Chemicals for the Manufacture of Drugs”, a felony of the second degree, (2925.041(A)), “Endangering Children”, a felony of the third degree (2919.22(B)(6)), “Illegal Conveyance of Prohibited Items onto the Grounds of a Detention Facility” a felony of the third degree (2921.36(A)(2)), “Aggravated Possession of Drugs”, a felony of the third degree (2925.11(A)(C)(1)(b)), and “Drug Paraphernalia”, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree (2925.14(A)(C)(1))”. On Wednesday, June 3, 2015, Shindeldecker was sentenced by the Preble County Court of Common Pleas to five (5) years in the custody of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Gractia S. Manning represented the State of Ohio at the two-day jury trial, with Kirstin Knight representing the Defendant, Judge David N. Abruzzo presiding.
Shindeldecker was arrested on November 29, 2014, following a traffic stop by Dep. Raymond Hatfield of the Preble County Sheriff’s Office for driving with a suspended license. He was patted down and had a container of methamphetamine in his jacket pocket. He was warned about conveying contraband into the jail, but nonetheless more methamphetamine was found in a different location in his jacket during the booking process, resulting in an additional charge. The next day, Det. Robert Schneider and Dep. Hatfield responded to Shindeldecker’s residence and gained consent from his mother to search the garage. Inside the garage, a large methamphetamine lab was discovered, including multiple propane tanks, glass reaction jars with liquid methamphetamine still inside, and multiple chemicals used in the manufacturing process. Shindeldecker’s fingerprints were on two of the reaction jars inside the meth lab.
The Court sentenced Shindeldecker to five (5) years mandatory prison time for the “Illegal Manufacturing” charge, as well as three (3) years for “Endangering Children”, and three (3) years for “Illegal Conveyance”, all sentences to be served concurrently with one another. The Court elected not to sentence Shindeldecker on the remaining three charges, finding that they “merged” with the “Illegal Manufacturing” charge for the purpose of sentencing. Shindeldecker will be subject to a mandatory period of post release control of five (5) years upon his release from prison.
Prosecuting Attorney Martin P. Votel: “Methamphetamine is a powerfully addictive drug which ruins lives. The only way to fight the distribution of the drug is by prosecuting those who manufacture it, one lab at a time. The Preble County Sheriff’s Office has done an excellent job developing new investigative techniques to ferret out those who manufacture methamphetamine in their kitchens, garages, and tool sheds. And fortunately, Preble County juries have had little difficulty handing down guilty verdicts when presented with sufficient circumstantial evidence in these cases.”