A Hillsville man has been sentenced to serve 22 years in prison on drug charges after a hearing Friday in Carroll County Circuit Court.
Late last year, a Carroll County jury recommended James “Crow” Parnell Peaks serve 22 years in prison after he was found guilty for possession with intent to distribute more than 10 grams of methamphetamine. At that time, Carroll County Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan Lyons noted that Peaks had an extensive criminal history with multiple felonies over the past two decades, which played a role in the lengthy prison recommendation.
Peaks, 52, appeared in court again Friday, where Judge Brett Geisler upheld the jury’s recommendation. In total, Geisler sentenced Peaks to 25 years with three years suspended, meaning Peaks will serve 22 years in prison and then will be put on probation for three years. Geisler also upheld the jury’s recommendation to fine Peaks $10,000, according to Carroll County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chief Deputy Michael Jones.
“The judge said he was a firm believer in the jury’s recommendation and I argued that 12 people from this community recommended this sentence and it should be upheld,” Jones said. “They are the eyes of our community and we should listen to them.”
Jones said Peaks has another sentencing scheduled for March 27 in which Peaks has entered a plea without an agreement to three counts of distribution of a schedule II drug (methamphetamine). He added that the case against Peaks was investigated and pursued by the Twin County Drug Task Force and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.