An Aiken County woman has been sentenced to more than a decade in prison after pleading guilty to a vast array of drug charges.

Angela Dawn Mathis, 38, of 1285 Barn Owl Road in Aiken County, was sentenced to 12 years in the custody of the S.C. Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to two counts of manufacturing methamphetamine and 14 other charges ranging from distributing methamphetamine and other controlled substances to shoplifting.

Mathis’ crimes took place over a period of a year in which, she said, she became hooked on methamphetamine. This was in addition to an ongoing addiction to prescription medication.

“I’ve been taking pain pills religiously for 10 years. The meth, I first tried it August of last year. And from all these (charges) you can see the effect it’s had on me,” Mathis said. “The faces of meth, I don’t know if you’ve looked at them on the Internet?”

Judge Doyet “Jack” Early nodded and Mathis raised her hand. “That’s me!”

As the manufacturing charges are violent and serious crimes, by statute, Mathis must serve a minimum of 85 percent of her sentence.

Assistant Solicitor Beth Ann Young said that Mathis is known by law enforcement as a nuisance. Capt. Marty Sawyer of Aiken Public Safety told the court that his department “would like to see a substantial amount of time,” on Mathis’ sentence.

Early said he understood the impact of methamphetamine on individuals but “being an addict is no excuse for this continuing criminal activity,” he said.

Man now convicted as many times as his age

In golf, as one gets later into life, shooting one’s age is a real accomplishment. Marion Johnson of Aiken County seems to have reached a similar feat, though less laudable, in that he has shot his age in criminal convictions.

Johnson, 44, pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of forgery for passing nearly $900 worth of checks to a local bank from an account that was closed and the checkbook stolen.

According to records and the reading of his previous convictions in court, Johnson has been found guilty of 44 previous offenses. This includes 17 counts of passing fraudulent checks in 1993 and ’94 and six further counts of forgery in 1995.

“That’s it?” Early asked when the reading of charges was complete.

Johnson was sentenced to four years in prison on the charges.