PLATTSMOUTH – A Plattsmouth man will spend two years on probation for carrying an illegal drug inside Cass County.
Chad R. Coy, 40, appeared in Cass County District Court Monday morning for sentencing on one Class I misdemeanor charge. He pled guilty to possession of controlled substance-tetrahydrocannabinols during an earlier court hearing.
Deputy Cass County Attorney Richard Fedde told the court he felt Coy should receive a jail sentence. He said Coy had been sentenced to 97 months in federal prison in 2001 after being convicted of manufacturing methamphetamine. Coy was also arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in 2013 and leaving the scene of an accident in 2016.
Fedde said he was concerned when he learned Coy had allegedly been using marijuana on a regular basis in recent weeks. He said he felt that would make it difficult for Coy to be successful on probation. People on probation are required to abstain from alcohol and drugs.
“If he’s going to continue to use marijuana then it’s not a question of if he will fail on probation. It’s just a matter of when he will fail,” Fedde said.
Defense attorney Steven Pivovar said he had known Coy for 20 years and felt he had many positive character traits. He asked the court to grant probation to his client.
“The suggestion that he could possibly be revoked in the future should not be something that will deny him an opportunity for probation right now,” Pivovar said.
Judge Michael Smith told Coy he shared Fedde’s concerns about the alleged marijuana behavior, but he said he would give Coy a final chance at probation.
Smith ordered Coy to pay a $250 fine and serve 24 months on probation. Coy must obtain a chemical dependency evaluation within 30 days and must abstain from alcohol and drugs. He will also be required to submit to random drug testing and make mandatory visits to the probation office.