Macon man gets 20 years for 'small amount' of meth in Houston court

A Macon man was sentenced Thursday afternoon to 20 years without parole for possession of “a small amount” of methamphetamine after a bench trial in Houston County Superior Court, a prosecutor said.

Eric Milton Bone, 46, also was found guilty by Judge Katherine K. Lumsden of giving a false name to the arresting officer, a misdemeanor, and of misdemeanor obstruction of an officer, said senior assistant district attorney George Hartwig III.

Bone was pulled over Oct. 23, 2007, by Warner Robins police officer Carder Gravitt about midnight at the corner of Robins West Parkway and Monet Drive in Warner Robins for having no tail lights, Hartwig said.

Bone fled on foot after the traffic stop and was arrested after a short foot chase and scuffle with the officer.

The officer found a small amount of methamphetamine in a plastic bag inside a white over-the-counter pill bottle on the ground, Hartwig said.

Bone, who had six prior felonies dating back to the mid-1980s, was sentenced under the state’s recidivist law, Hartwig said.