Dodge County District Court

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A Fremont man was sentenced to more than a year in prison for a drug-related offense by Judge John Samson Monday morning in Dodge County District Court.

Nathan D. Peterson, 39, was sentenced to spend the next 20 months in the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services for being in possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, a Class IV felony.

In addition to the prison sentence, Peterson is required to be under one year of post-release supervision, Dodge County Deputy Attorney Marti Sleister said following sentencing.

Peterson still has an active Dodge County case open and will appear in Dodge County Court Tuesday for arraignment regarding delivering methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a local park. Peterson is being defended by attorney Dan Reeker during the new proceedings.

Sleister said the prosecution will attempt to have the sentencing decision run consecutively with the Monday’s, and that the defense in all likelihood will move to have the sentences run concurrently, or together. Ultimately, that will be at the discretion of the judge handling the case, Sleister added.

Peterson was arrested April 4 when two deputies with the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office conducted a routine traffic stop at 1:11 a.m. at the intersections of Prospect and Broad streets, court records show.

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Contact was made with Peterson, who was driving the vehicle and holding a large stack of money in his right hand. A database check revealed that Peterson’s license was expired and suspended through the state of Nebraska with subsequent offenses.

Peterson was placed under arrest, and a K-9 unit arrived shortly after and indicated narcotics were inside of the vehicle. A search yielded the discovery of a white liquid butane bottle with a white, crystallized substance on the end of it, court records show. The substance tested positive as being methamphetamine.

Under the Good Time Law of Nebraska, Peterson could be eligible for release in approximately one year on his current sentencing.

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