A Fremont man with a lengthy history of being in possession of narcotics was sentenced to a substantial prison term by Judge John Samson Monday morning in Dodge County District Court.
Richard V. King Jr., 57, was sentenced to spend the next 10-20 years in the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services after being found guilty of being in possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, a Class II felony. The offense carries a weight of 1-50 years in prison.
Through a plea agreement negotiated by defense attorney Leo Eskey, King Jr. was not placed under the habitual criminal classification, which would require him to spend a mandatory 10 years in prison before he would be eligible for parole. Under the Good Time Law of Nebraska, King Jr. will be required to spend a minimum of 5 years in prison before he is eligible for release.
“Mr. King has a very lengthy criminal history,” Dodge County Attorney Oliver Glass said following court Monday. “He’s been in and out of the penitentiary several times, mostly because of drug related charges … The biggest issue with Mr. King is, although he may have addiction issues, he keeps dealing drugs. So we had indicated to the defense attorney that the best we could do with a plea offer would be 10-20 years.”
In terms of a drug-related Class II felony, the sentencing was pretty stiff, Glass said.
“This is the largest – even without an agreement – the largest drug sentence that I’ve had in a long time,” Glass said.
Following release – even if after only 5 years – Glass said that King Jr. would likely be on parole for another 5-10 years depending on the Nebraska Parole Board’s determination.