Maylene man gets 8 years for dealing meth

Published 2:38 pm Friday, February 12, 2016

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

COLUMBIANA – A 33-year-old Maylene man will spend more than eight years in prison after he pleaded guilty to distributing methamphetamine from his house during a recent hearing in Shelby County Circuit Court.



Jonathan Shawn Kiinstler, who lists an address on Kiinstler Drive in Maylene, pleaded guilty to charges of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and obstructing justice by providing a false identity to police.

As a result of his guilty plea, Circuit Court Judge Bill Bostick on Feb. 1 sentenced Kiinstler to 97 months in the Alabama Penitentiary. Kiinstler received 69 days of jail credit for time he has already served in the Shelby County Jail.

The Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force arrested Kiinstler on Nov. 22, 2015, and charged him with the distribution of a controlled substance crime.

According to Kiinstler’s arrest warrants, he distributed methamphetamine from his residence on June 1, 2015, while he was out on bond for possession of a controlled substance and obstruction of justice charges brought against him in 2014.

Distribution of a controlled substance is a Class B felony, and carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

Kiinstler had two previous adult felony convictions on his record when he was sentenced on Feb. 1. According to court records, Kiinstler pleaded guilty to felony first-degree theft of property and possession of a controlled substance charges in 2007.