Jasper men plead guilty to drug charges
by James Phillips
Sep 12, 2011 | 5343 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair reported Friday that “two major drug dealers” were sentenced in Walker County courtrooms last week after pleading guilty to drug charges.

David Cherry, 30, of Jasper pleaded guilty to two trafficking cocaine charges and two possession of cocaine charges before Walker County Circuit Judge Hoyt Elliott, Adair said. Cherry was sentenced to 20 years in prison on each of the trafficking charges with a minimum of five years to serve. He also received 15 years with a minimum of three years to serve on each of the possession charges.

Adair said the Alabama Attorney General’s Office also had one case against Cherry where he was sentenced to 20 years with a minimum of five years to serve. Cherry was also fined $50,000.

Avery Shanklin, 38, of Jasper was also sentenced last week to 20 years in prison with a minimum of five years to serve for distribution of cocaine.

Adair said both men’s cases go back several years with Cherry’s being in 2008 and Shanklin’s charges being from 2006.

“This is a part of our effort to get some of these older cases moving,” Adair said. “We’ve got such a backlog of drug cases and we need to get them moving. We are taking some of the major dealers and pushing them as quickly as we can. I would say these are two major drug dealers in our area.”