Mack guilty of weapon, drug, counterfeiting charges
Saturday, November 09, 2013 4:00 AM
A 12-member jury convicted Thomas E. Mack, 46, on Friday on drug, weapon and counterfeiting charges.
The jury deliberated for about two hours on the first phase of the case before returning guilty verdicts on the charges of forgery, a Class C felony; maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D felony; and possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor.
After the second phase of the trial, the jury returned a guilty verdict on the charge of possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.
Mack was found not guilty by the jury on a charge of possession of methamphetamine in the first phase of the trial. Residue on a container tested positive for meth, a state police lab analyst testified, but it was not a measurable amount.
Mack was arrested in March after a short investigation by the Madison Police Department.
Police executed a search warrant at the residence where Mack was staying - 3587 Woodside Drive - and located drug paraphernalia, weapons, and evidence of counterfeiting, according to testimony from police.
Friday began with closing statements from the prosecution and defense. The major issue in question was whether of not Mack lived in the trailer where he was arrested, a fact defense attorney Jim Spencer refuted throughout the trial.
Testimony was provided by Mack's brothers that he often stayed at their houses several times a week, and he did the same thing at the Woodside Drive address, which was owned by his girlfriend.
"The fact is Thomas bounced around," Spencer said, referring to Mack living at several locations.
Patrolman Kurtis Wallace testified clothes were strewn throughout the residence and they found several personal items belonging to Mack, including letters and a family photo, in the residence.
During the second part of the trial, prosecutors showed the jury six firearms police recovered from the Woodside Drive residence during the execution of the search warrant.
Police also found ammunition at the residence, which Chief Deputy Prosecutor D.J. Mote said was "littered with firearm material."
The jury deliberated for 30 minutes on the firearm charge.
Mack will have his sentencing hearing on Dec. 2.