A workhouse inmate who stumbled on a five-pound box of meth while he and others were clearing a Dandridge roadside was sentenced to almost 20 years in prison last week after being found guilty of conspiring to distribute the drug in jail.

William E. Echols, 36, of 528 Millington Circle, Rockford, must serve 238 months in prison, followed by a five-year supervised release period. The sentence was handed down by Judge Thomas A. Varlan in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Knoxville.

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