Crimetracker: Elderly parents arrested right after son's conviction

LAKE CITY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Like father, like son.

The parents of a Lake City man facing a life sentence after he was convicted of manufacturing meth last Thursday have been arrested on drug-related charges as well, the Anderson Co. Sheriff's Office said on Monday.

Right after his son's trial concluded William Braden, 77, was detained outside the federal courthouse, following an indictment by the Anderson Co. Grand Jury. Betty Jo Braden, 68, was picked up at their home on Vowell Mountain Lane Near Lake City.

They are both accused of selling Percocet. Each face one count of Sale of a Controlled Substance. They were both booked into the Anderson Co. Detention Facility and later released on $25,000 bond. A court date has not been set.

Their son, Jeffrey Braden, could face a life sentence after he was convicted of of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine; possession of equipment, chemicals, products, and materials to manufacture methamphetamine; and possession of ammunition while a convicted felon.

He was the only defendant out of 42 indicted last March whose case went to trial. Thirty-eight defendants have pleaded guilty, while two more have signed plea agreements. The final suspect has not been arrested and remains a fugitive.


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