Charles Painter, 49, of Baker was remanded to prison to serve a sentence of not less than one year and not more than five years. 

In 2105, Painter pleaded guilty to one count of manufacturing a Schedule I controlled substance – marijuana – after Hardy County Sheriff Deputies found a sophisticated growing operation on his property. The sentence was suspended and Painter was ordered to five years probation.

In April 2017, a motion was filed to revoke Painter’s probation for failure to appear at his probation appointments. Shortly afterwards, Painter absconded and left the area.

“Where have you been for 2 1/2 years?” asked Circuit Court Judge C. Carter Williams. 

Painter said he moved back to

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