A Fremont man was sentenced to prison in two separate cases Monday morning by Judge Paul Vaughan in Dodge County District Court.
Scott D. Blanchard, 54, represented by Omaha attorney Thomas Campbell, was sentenced to spend the next 10-20 years in the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services.
Blanchard was previously found guilty of being in possession of a controlled substance – meth, a Class IV felony, which carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison. He was also charged with being in possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver – meth, a Class II felony, which carries a maximum sentence of 50 years in prison.
Dodge County Deputy Attorney Marti Sleister said that Blanchard has already served time in the state penitentiary on more than one occasion and was sentenced as a habitual criminal, meaning he must serve at least 10 years of his sentence before he is eligible for release.
Blanchard’s first case, regarding meth possession, stemmed from his arrest in March 2017 when he delivered 2.21 grams of methamphetamine to an individual cooperating with the III CORPS Drug Task Force. He was subsequently arrested and charged for the offense. Prior to his arrest on Sept. 11, 2017, court records show he sold meth to the cooperating individual previously three times.
In late June 2017, Blanchard was once again arrested, and this time, charged with intent to deliver. On June 26, 2017, officers responded to the 600 block of West Jensen Street in regard to an ongoing drug investigation.
Contact was made with six individuals, one of whom was the defendant. In the northwest bedroom of the residence, law enforcement located a clear, self-seal baggie containing a white, crystal-like substance field testing positive as methamphetamine and having a field weight of 3.36 grams.
A criminal history check revealed that three of the parties – including Blanchard – had all been convicted twice and sentenced to prison resulting in habitual criminal status.