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A Wahoo man was sentenced by Judge John Samson to spend the next two years in prison on a drug-related offense Monday morning in Dodge County District Court.

Michael C. Gorczyca, 54, was sentenced by Samson to the prison term after pleading guilty Nov. 6, 2017, to attempted possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver – methamphetamine, a Class III felony.

Prior to sentencing, the defendant was credited with serving 126 days in Saunders County Jail while being held on a $10,000 bond with a 10-percent option, meaning Gorczyca could have posted bond for $1,000. Under the Good Time Law of Nebraska, he could be eligible for release after serving one year in the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services.

As part of his sentencing, once released, the defendant is required to complete two years of Post-Release Supervision and pay all costs associated with his prosecution.

Gorczyca was arrested Sept. 4, 2017, after an officer with the Fremont Police Department conducted a traffic stop after observing a vehicle – driven by the defendant – traveling at a rate of excess speed.

Contact was made with the defendant, who at the time was serving a term of probation for being in possession of a controlled substance, a warrantless arrest affidavit shows. After refusing to let the officer search his vehicle, a K-9 unit was deployed which led to the discovery of 5.9 grams of a white powdery substance which tested positive as being methamphetamine.

In other District Court news:

Michael E. Peterson, 54, of Fremont was sentenced to 14 months of Intensive Supervised Probation for being in possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, a Class IV felony. As part of his probation, Peterson is required to complete intensive supervised outpatient substance treatment and Moral Reconation Therapy, Deputy County Attorney Marti Sleister said.

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Peterson was detained Sept. 2, 2017, at Hormel Park after a Fremont Police Department officer noticed a vehicle occupied by man parked amongst the trees of the park, an arrest affidavit says. Contact was made with Peterson, who was nervous and giving short, evasive answers to the officer’s questions.

Court records show that Peterson admitted that he had a methamphetamine pipe inside of his vehicle, and the pipe had charred residue on it later testing positive as being methamphetamine.

The defendant was originally released after being interviewed by officers with the III CORPS Drug Task Force, but do to a lack of cooperation with future investigations, was ultimately charged Oct. 2, 2017, with being in possession of meth.

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