James David Hyatt, 46, of Lostine was sentenced last week to 44 months in prison for two separate charges involving the manufacture of methamphetamine, felon in possession of a firearm and for probation violation. Another charge of probation violation from charges of manufacture of a controlled substance from an arrest in 2001 is pending in the Oregon Court of Appeals.

Hyatt had several charges dropped in return for his plea of guilty, for which he was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Russ West Aug. 20.

The maximum penalty facing Hyatt for all of his charges was 10 years in jail and a fine of $250,000.

Hyatt was arrested July 19 at a La Grande motel after eluding police for an extended period of time.

On June 30 police, seeking the fugitive on a Wallowa County warrant for manufacture of a controlled substance and failure to appear, came upon Hyatt with a portable methamphetamine laboratory 10 miles north of Enterprise.

He fled the scene on foot.

After the July 19 arrest Hyatt was charged with manufacture of a controlled substance, possession of a precursor substance with intent to manufacture a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of anhydrous ammonia, escape in the third degree, offensive littering and possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, all from the June 30 incident.

He agreed to plea guilty to the Class B Felony manufacture of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, and to felon in possession of a firearm, a Class C Felony, and was sentenced to 38 months in prison.

He also pled guilty to probation violation and received an additional six months to his sentence.

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