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Man holds gun on wife, mother-in-law
W Lee James Mitchum
James Mitchum Lee

   A Screven County man who tested positive for methamphetamines held his wife and mother-in-law at gunpoint Thursday before turning himself in after a three-hour manhunt. The wife also was charged with methamphetamine possession, Screven County Sheriff Mike Kile said.
    Kile said James Mitchum Lee, 35, held a 30.06 bolt action hunting rifle to his wife, Shannon Nicole Jackson Lee, 30, also of Plantation Road,  as well as her mother, during a domestic
dispute around 8 p.m. Thursday at their home on Plantation Road in Sylvania.
    Shannon Lee admitted using a “parachuting” method of consumption — wrapping the drug in toilet paper, then swallowing it,  “for a milder high,” Kile said.
    Deputies took Shannon Lee into custody while others searched for Mitch Lee, who fled through woods and hid the gun he used before seeking refuge at his sister’s residence, Kile said.
    A three-hour search involved the Screven County Sheriff’s Office, Sylvania police, Hiltonia police, Georgia State Patrol troopers, aviation agents and SWAT officers and Reidsville State Prison K-9 units
    While Mitch Lee was at his sister’s home, she was able to convince him to turn himself in, the sheriff said.
    Investigators located the rifle and seized it. Mitch Lee was charged with terroristic threats and acts, false imprisonment, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of methamphetamine.
    Shannon Lee was charged with methamphetamine possession as well.
    Kile said there was no indication that any shots were fired, nor was there any evidence of a meth lab in the home.
    Mitch Lee served 3½ years of a five-year sentence in Rogers State Prison for two Screven County burglary cases in 1995 and 1998. He was released in August 2002, according to Georgia Department of Corrections records.
    He remains in the Screven County Jail without bond as he awaits further court action, according to jail records. Shannon Lee is also being held without bond, awaiting court hearings, records show.
    Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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