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      Court of appeals upholds Gwinn man's meth sentence

      The State of Michigan Court of Appeals upheld the conviction of a Gwinn man sentenced on meth charges.

      According to the court of appeals decision, Brian Chapman Howe will continue to serve his sentence of seven to twenty years for operating or maintaining a meth lab.

      The appeals court states that Howe was unable to argue his claims of ineffective assistance of counsel. The appeals court ruled that the defense counsel for Howe "acted diligently as an objectively reasonable defense attorney should."

      Howe was sentenced to a maximum of 20 years in prison with credit for 129 days served back in September 2012. Click here for the court of appeals full decision.

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