William "Bill Bill" Milburn was sentenced to eight years in state prison Wednesday in Jefferson Circuit Court after pleading guilty to dealing methamphetamine. None of the sentence was suspended.

Milburn, 40, of 1015 N. County Road 1525-W, Deputy, pleaded guilty to the Class B felony in November 2010. He will receive credit for 524 good-time days served and was ordered to pay $664 in fines and fees.

A minimum-security prison was recommended by Senior Judge Fred Hoying. The maximum sentence Milburn could have received was 20 years.

Milburn said he had no prior criminal history and that he never even took drugs as harmless as aspirin before he began using methamphetamine.

He said his drug use and subsequent arrest and conviction could in part be attributed to separating from his wife in 2007.

Milburn said methamphetamine was "evil" and that a person's "life can change in a split second" when addicted to the drug.

"What I did was wrong," he said.

He said he was ready to head to the Department of Correction, serve his sentence and move on with his life.

Chief Deputy Prosecutor D.J. Mote asked Milburn, in his opinion, what could be done to combat the methamphetamine problem in the county.

Milburn recommended offering some form of rehabilitation for those that wanted to use it.

Hoying said a lot of communities are not doing enough to deal with the methamphetamine problems. He said methadone clinics do nothing but substitute one addiction for another. Methadone clinics in the United States operate under federal observation and regulation and are designed to wean methamphetamine users off the drug by giving them methadone. Methadone is legal and is prescribed by a doctor.

Milburn and four others were arrested Dec. 28, 2009, after officers from the Madison Police Department served a search warrant at his residence. The MPD was assisted by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, the Charlestown Police Department and the Indiana State Police.

Methamphetamine, marijuana, five rifles and one handgun were seized during the search.

Milburn was arrested on a methamphetamine-related charge in Jackson County shortly after posting bond on the methamphetamine charges in Jefferson County.

He posted bond in Jackson County but was back in the Jefferson County Jail on Sept. 1, 2010, after his local bond was revoked because of the arrest in Jackson County. He has been held at the jail since his bond was revoked and is waiting to be transported to the Department of Correction.

Milburn requested Wednesday that some of the rifles seized be released to his mother.

Hoying encouraged Milburn to have his mother sell the rifles and put the money in a college fund for Milburn's two children.

Hoying said firearms around people with substance abuse problems are a bad thing.

Hoying also thanked Milburn's children for attending the sentencing to support their father and encouraged them to write their father letters while he is serving his sentence.