Through a recent plea agreement, a Fremont man with several felony convictions won’t have to spend a mandatory 10 years in the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services for his most recent crime.
Richard V. King Jr., 57, of Fremont pleaded guilty in Dodge County District Court to being in possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver – methamphetamine, a Class II felony.
At the time of his arrest, King was charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance — methamphetamine, two counts of being in felony possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, and an infraction offense of being in possession of drug paraphernalia.
Through the agreement, King faces a 10-20 year sentence in the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services. Through the acceptance of the plea, King won’t be listed as a habitual criminal offender, which would require him to spend a bare minimum of 10 years in prison before being eligible for any good time. Through the Good Time Law of Nebraska, King could be eligible for release in five years, Dodge County Attorney Oliver Glass said during a Monday interview with the Tribune.
King was arrested in late April by members of the III CORPS Drug Task force after he made two drug transactions with a criminal informant between the dates during December 2016 and January 2017. The first transaction, occurring Dec. 15, 2016, resulted in the criminal informant receiving 8.21 grams of methamphetamine (packaging included). On a Jan. 4 transaction, court records show that the criminal informant received 4.51 grams of methamphetamine (packaging included).
At the time of his detainment in early January, King was not arrested because he agreed to help the task force with future law enforcement cases, court records show.
After not fulfilling his end of the agreement, an arrest warrant was issued for King April 24. All criminal activity occurred in Dodge County.